The story of triple killing in Gadchiroli on June 12,as narrated by an arrested senior Naxal,has not only confirmed the internal rift in the leadership over the issue but has also revealed an entirely new approach of pre-meditated deceit.
The Superintendent of Police Suvez Haq,said,We recently arrested Shivaji alias Chaitu Pada from Lendar village in Etapalli tehsil. He told us that a four-member team led by senior Naxal leader Aitu were responsible for the killings of Lloyd Steel vice president,Jaspal Singh Dhillon,Hemlata Minerals proprietor,Mallikarjun Reddy,and Surajgarh police patil,Raju Sadmek. The three had brought two bags which were confiscated by the naxals first before shooting them dead. Pada said that the three could have been let off after giving a warning to desist from mining in the area.
According to Haq,Pada further said that Aitu had already decided to kill the three after calling them to the forest with the bags. One bag contained two books but Pada says he does not know what was in the other bag. There are rumours that the other bag had a suitcase containing one crore rupees,but Pada does not know, Haq said.
The ransom theory gets credence from Padas revelation that there was no plan to kill Sadmek originally.
Sadmek was probably killed since he knew of the money. The naxals did not want word to get out that the three were killed even after money was paid, Haq said.
The three others in the killer squad,besides Pada – who is from the instructors team (I-team) that trains cadres about technicalities of weaponry – were Gatta dalam commander Goglu,Kasansur dalam commander Mahesh and I-team commander Sannu.
According to Pada,Aitu himself shot Dhillon while Goglu killed the other two.
Pada told us there was no heated argument as there was no question of countering the Naxals. If they said no to mining,there was no way mining would have continued. That is why the killing appears to be a shocking and deceitful act, Haq said.