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ATS quizzes former anti-superstition activist for Maoist links

Suspects Ajith tried to indoctrinate, procure logistics help from him.

Written by Chandan Haygunde | Pune |
June 16, 2015 2:19:26 am
ATS, Maoist, muralidharan, Sameer Chintamani Sane, muralidharan DNA, Thomas Joseph, CPI, pune news, city news, local news, pune newsline, Indian Express The ATS had arrested Ajith and Ismail from Talegaon Dabhade on May 8.

Investigation by the state’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has revealed that the Maoists allegedly tried to indoctrinate and procure logistics help from a former anti-superstition activist Sameer Chintamani Sane (48), a state government employee from Thane.

ATS recently questioned Sane for his alleged links with top Maoist leader K Muralidharan (61) alias Ajith alias Sunny alias Divakar alias Thomas Joseph, who was arrested along with his aide Ismail Hamaza Chiragpilli (29) alias James Mathew from Talegaon Dabhade in Pune last month. Sane was let free after questioning.

Probe revealed that Sane was associated with Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmulan Sanstha (MANS), an anti-superstition movement started by slain rationalist Dr Narendra Dabholkar and the Lok Vidnyan Sanstha.


When contacted, Sane told The Indian Express he would not comment on this issue as the matter was in court.

Avinash Patil, executive president of MANS, said, “Sane worked with us about nine years ago. He is not active now. We are against Maoists and any unconstitutional movement.”

The ATS had arrested Ajith and Ismail from Talegaon Dabhade on May 8. A native of Ernakulam in Kerala and son of a former diplomat, Murlidharan alias Ajith was the national secretary of the banned Communist Party of India (ML) Naxalbari, which merged with the banned CPI (Maoist) on May 1, 2014. He is known to be a Maoist intellectual who wrote books and articles for left-wing extremists.

During its investigation, ATS recovered laptop, seven cellphones, five SIM cards, two Internet dongals, Maoist literature, fake PAN and Aadhar cards, fake railway passes and other items from the two suspects. Probe revealed that suspects have used 10 cellphones and SIM cards, of which five are from Maharashtra and remaining are from other states.

ATS has also launched a search for Sanjay Deepak Rao (51), an alleged underground Maoist operative who allegedly helped Ajith and Ismail in settling down in Maharashtra. Investigators said that after his heart surgery, Ajith had interactions with Kuppuswamy, in-charge of the Maoist operations in Western Ghats, and shifted to Maharashtra. The Kerala state committee of the Maoist party sent Ismail for helping Ajith in writing, translations and collecting and sending couriers. Rao provided logistics help like getting an apartment on rent at the Lotus Villa building in Talegaon Dabhade through a real estate agent.

Probe revealed that Rao had introduced Sane to Ajith. Investigators suspect that Ajith then allegedly tried to indoctrinate and procure logistics help from Sane.

ATS officials refused to give any information on this issue.

Investigators suspect that Rao is the same man who was arrested along with nine persons in three cases registered at Nandurbar district of Maharashtra in July-August 2000, on charges of sedition under sections 124 (a), 34 of Indian Penal Code and sections of Prevention of Defacement of Property Act. He claimed to be an activist working on tribal issues.

‘Dabholkar strongly condemned Maoists’

MANS activists said that Dr Dabholkar himself was strongly against the Maoists. Investigators said MANS had no links with arrested Maoists. But the Maoists allegedly have a plan to try to penetrate into organisations having a stand against the right-wing groups, they said.

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