Indore: A Naxalite clandestinely supervised an arms factory in Indore between 2002 and 2006 though where it was exactly situated still remains a mystery, according to National Investigation Agency (NIA) which produced a charge sheet against five Maoists in the special NIA court in Kolkata on September 24.
The Naxalite has been identified as 64-year-old Sadula Ramakrishna alias Dokra alias Vivek Sharma alias Santosh, a native of Karimnagar (Andhra Pradesh), a senior NIA officer said. “He also started similar units in Bhopal, Pune, Raurkela and Bhubaneswar,” the officer added.
Indore, according to the NIA, was one of the cities the left wing extremists used to set up a Technical Research Arms Manufacturing Unit (TRAMU). The state police had busted a Naxalite arms unit in Bhopal in January 2007 but whereabouts of a similar unit in Indore is still a mystery. Bhopal police had unearthed a huge cache of arms including hand grenades, rocket launchers, pistols, revolvers and one carbine during the raid at the factory in Satnami Nagar area.
Nine persons were arrested in connection with the manufacturing factory. Though probe agencies know that sophisticated arms and ammunitions like rocket launchers were manufactured in a makeshift factory in Indore, they are clueless about the modus operandi and how the unit was kept under covers.
Nandan Dubey told DNA, “we had information about naxal movements in Jabalpur and Indore areas but nothing concrete came up.” Several rounds of interrogations followed but none spilled beans on their counterparts operating in Indore, the officer added.
NIA investigation revealed that a conspiracy was hatched by the CPI (Maoist) (then known as the CPI(ML)- PW in early 1990s to develop sophisticated arms and ammunition including rocket launchers and others for use by its armed cadres against the paramilitary and other security forces of the state.
Initially a Technical Development Committee (TDC) of Regional Committee status was formed by the CPI (ML)- PW in 1994 to coordinate technical units producing light articles outside the field/combat zone, NIA sources said.
As the TDC failed to coordinate the units and work up to expectations, a Central Technical Committee (CTC) was formed in July, 2001 to carry out the work more efficiently. It was rechristened as TRAMU in 2005, said the NIA officer.