Pune police get maoist Kanchan Nanavare’s custody
PUNE: A sessions court on Saturday granted the Gadchiroli police’s plea seeking the custody of alleged Maoist Kanchan Nanavare for investigation in a criminal case. Kanchan and her husband Arun Bhelke were arrested on September 2 by the anti-terrorism squad (ATS), Pune, for allegedly inciting youngsters in the city to join the Maoist movement. The ATS has charged the couple for various offences, including cheating, forgery and falsification of documents and offences under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), which can be tried by a special court.
The ATS had earlier taken the arrested couple to the Naxalite-infested areas in Vidarbha in connection with their probe. On there return to the city, the couple was produced in the court of special judge M J Dhote on December 8. The court then ordered their remand in judicial custody for a fortnight. Arun Bhelke continues to be in the Yerawada jail. On Saturday, Kanchan was produced in the court of additional sessions judge J T Utpat in connection with a fresh case registered by the Gadchiroli police of murder attempt, unlawful assembly, rioting, arson and criminal conspiracy.
The police moved an application seeking transfer of her custody to them so that they can take her to Gadchiroli in furtherance of their investigation. “The court granted their plea for custody till January 6 following which she will be produced in the court in Pune,” said lawyer Wajed Khan, who is representing Kanchan in the matter.
Quizzing of 2 Youths Yielded Information on Maoists
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The interrogation of two youths arrested in connection with the attack on the international food chain outlets in Palakkad has yielded valuable information on the modus operandi of Maoists, according to the state police. Sreekanth Prabhakaran, a BEd student and Arun Balan, a journalism student, both natives of Cheruvathur in Kasargod, were held within hours after the attack on KFC Chicken and McDonald’s outlets at Chandranagar in Palakkad on December 29.
‘Arrests a Major Breakthrough’
“The arrests could be termed a major breakthrough in anti-Maoist operations. They revealed highly useful information on the canvassing and modus operandi of the insurgents,” reliable sources told ‘Express’. According to the police, the arrests were a huge setback to the Maoists. “It may prevent them from giving “assignments” to non-hardcore activists in the future fearing public resentment,” they said. The officials refused to divulge details of the interrogation but said the youths were trapped by the insurgents exploiting their “love for nature”. “The youths were active workers of some Leftist organisations. The insurgents acquainted with them through conservation activities,” they said.
Alert on Sympathisers
Meanwhile, the Intelligence wing has alerted the government that the insurgents have created a few sympathisers among the tribals which is a “potential threat”. A few months ago, the wing had called for resolving local issues faced by the tribals and those living on the forest fringes to prevent Maoists from “grievance hunting”.“Various government departments, local bodies and district administrations should work for settling issues ranging from tribal land issues to illegal quarrying, mining and corruption in welfare programmes of the government to prevent the sympathisers turning followers,” the officials said.