Four alleged naxals,wanted in several cases in Gadchiroli,were arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Thursday,after their alleged hideout in Dombivili was busted.
The four arrested are Dinesh Wankhede (30),Suman Gawde (40),Paru Patel (40) and Aseemkumar Bhattacharya (65). They will be taken into custody by the Gadchiroli naxal unit. The four belong to Korchi Dalam and are considered to be senior cadre.
The ATS also seized cash amounting to Rs 23 lakh from the hideout,making the bust significant as they believe the Dombivili address could have been a hub for routing cash to active workers across the western corridor of Thane,Mumbai and Gujarat.
The recoveries include suspected parts of country made weapons like aluminium pressure plates,13 hollow iron pipes,nine iron pipe like rockets,seven other iron pipes,iron ball bearings. A laptop,printer,pen drive and identity documents were also seized.
At this stage we are keeping it open and giving them an opportunity to explain what these materials were being used as. There is sufficient background to these items as many similar things were found in 2005 from a factory in Gadchiroli,which used to make country made weapons, an officer said.
According to officials,Bhattacharya had rented the flat in Dombivili in October 2011 and moved Paru Patel for treating her for an illness. We need to understand why they were still in the city and what were these weapons and cash meant for, an ATS official said.
According to officials,Korchi Dalam is significant as it was in this region that all nominations to the Zilla Parishad polls were withdrawn after maoists killed Bhamragarh Panchayat Samiti Chairman and Bhamragarh tehsil Congress Unit Chief Bahadurshah Alam. The dalam,is also considered to be the technical cell for a a lot of naxal weaponry in south Maharashtra.