October 31, 2014 3:10:55 am
Facing shortage of ingredients to make explosives, Naxals in Gadchiroli have employed a new trick. They are now sending young boys to work at stone quarries in Chennai and Bangalore, and getting them to pilfer gelatine from there.
This has come out in the interrogation of one of the recently arrested Naxal operatives, according toa senior official.
“They have been facing a lot of shortage of gelatine over the past two years. So, they have lured some local boys to work in the quarries at Bangalore and Chennai. These boys work there for a few months before decamping with gelatine sticks to return to Gadchiroli. All this is done on behalf of the Naxals by a handler based somewhere in the border between Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh. The handler then brings the stolen material to the Naxals,” the official said. The police are working on details of the boys sent out by the handler as well as the handler himself. “We have got names of 60 boys so far. We would soon be talking to some of them,” the official said.
Asked if the boys return to the quarries, the official said: “They generally don’t. A new batch is then sent for the job. We are ascertaining how much gelatine has come in.”
About whether the handler is in touch with quarry owners, he said: “We are not sure. We are trying to find out. Generally, the boys who return give reference to others. We don’t know if the quarry owners know these boys were behind the missing gelatine. We are trying to alert them. Maybe there are some boys already working there. We are checking that up,” he said. The Gadchiroli police had recently arrested five persons — four Naxals and a logistics provider. Together, they were carrying reward of Rs 26 lakh on their heads.
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