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Speaker directs govt to probe Naxal camp reports

Legislative Assembly Speaker Dilip Walse-Patil on Wednesday asked the state government to probe reports on the Naxal camp in Pune and make a statement in the House by Thursday.

Written by Chandan Haygunde | April 12, 2012 2:53:33 am

Legislative Assembly Speaker Dilip Walse-Patil on Wednesday asked the state government to probe reports on the Naxal camp in Pune and make a statement in the House by Thursday. The issue was raised by MNS member Bala Nandgaonkar as a point of propriety.

In an exclusive,The Indian Express had reported about this ‘study camp’ allegedly held by operatives of the banned Naxal outfit,CPI (Maoists),on April 9.

Incidentally,officials of the state Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS),Pune rural police and other establishments have apparently also started compiling information about the camp reportedly held sometime around mid-2010 at Kude Burdruk village,Bangarwadi in Khed taluka of Pune district,located about 50 km from the city area.

The ATS had arrested seven persons for their alleged Naxal links in April-May 2011. The statement of a suspect Dhavala Dhengle alias Pratap (36) from Pune revealed that the 15-day camp held at his relative’s place was conducted as a ‘teachers training programme’. His relative,a farmer,said he was told it was a camp for teachers from Pune and Mumbai for studying tribal issues.

Dhengle was present at the camp along with Siddhartha Bhosale,Anuradha Sonule alias Krutika,Nandini Bhagat alias Jenny and members of Pune-based cultural group Kabir Kala Manch — Ramesh Gaychor,Sheetal Sathe,Sachin Mali,Sagar Gorkhe,Amarnath Chandaliya and another girl. Sathe is a post-graduate student in Arts.

Chandaliya,the founder of Kabir Kala Manch,said in his statement,“Sadhana (Angela Sontakke,secretary of CPI (Maoists) golden corridor committee) and Jyotirao (Milind Teltumbde,top CPI (Maoists) operative) had come to the camp. They explained Maoist ideology and showed the video ‘Blazing Trial’,displaying the attacks on police and paramilitary forces.” Investigators believe that the camp aimed at creating an ideological impression on the new members and potential recruits.

Eight persons – Milind,Sheetal,Sachin,Sagar,Ramesh,Prashant Kamble,Santosh Shelar and one Jyothi — are wanted in the case. When contacted,parents of some of the Kabir Kala Manch members said their children joined the “cultural group” as artistes for social work and have nothing to do with Maoists.

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