MUMBAI: The city police have formed a special intelligence unit to tackle the Naxal menace in Mumbai.
Till now, the anti-terrorism squad (ATS) and the anti-Naxalite operation wing of the state police were dealing with Naxalites. However, this new unit will report to the police commissioner and provide information to other agencies. The unit will be part of the special branch which is supposed to collect intelligence for the city police. Sources in the security establishment said while the ATS and other agencies looked at Naxal cases, there was no dedicated wing in the Mumbai police to tackle Naxals. A senior police officer said since three Naxals were arrested from Dombivili this year and another was nabbed from the Mumbai Railway Hospital quarters, the city is turning into a hub for Naxals.
“Many Naxals come to Mumbai for treatment and try to expand their network here. In the past, several members of the Naxal think tank were caught from the city, so it’s necessary to keep a check on them,” the police officer said.