Arrested Naxals involved in Bhima Koregaon violence, say cops

MUMBAI: The Anti-Terrorist Squad of the Maharashtra Police which arrested seven people from Kalyan railway station and Vikhroli near Mumbai on Saturday claimed that they were Naxalites who may have been involved in the recent violence by Dalits across the state.

Arrested Naxals involved in Bhima Koregaon violence, say cops

Dalit protesters burn a bike at Vikroli in Mumbai. PTI file photo

Shiv Kumar

Tribune News Service

Mumbai, January 14

The Anti-Terrorist Squad of the Maharashtra Police which arrested seven people from Kalyan railway station and Vikhroli near Mumbai on Saturday claimed that they were Naxalites who may have been involved in the recent violence by Dalits across the state.

According to the police, those arrested, included Ajay Dosri alias Krishna Lingaya, who also goes by the name of Venugopal, a District Committee Secretary of the banned Communist Party of India-Maoist.

Dosri was active in various cities of Maharashtra where he allegedly worked among the overground members of the outfit, according to the police.

The Telengana Government has reportedly set a reward of Rs 8 lakh for his capture.

All the seven have been sent to police custody by the magistrate’s court till January 17.

Sources said today that the police have discovered posters on the Bhima Koregaon incident where Dalits returning from the bi-centennial celebrations marking the defeat of the Brahmin Peshwa army in Pune in 1818 were attacked.

The attacks sparked off a violent bandh in most cities of Maharashtra.

Police say the arrested naxalites were active in many slum pockets in and around Mumbai where they were allegedly recruiting disaffected youths to join the Maoists.

They were also collecting funds from sympathisers in urban areas, according to police.

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