The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested six people with suspected Naxal links and recovered weapons from their possession at Hindon Vihar in Noida’s Sector 49 on Saturday evening. Confirming the arrests, Aseem Arun, IG, ATS, said, “They are adept at making bombs and were planning some incident in the Delhi-NCR region. Interrogation is still underway.”
Those arrested have been identified as Pawan Jharkhand of Madhubani in Bihar, Ranjit Paswan of Chandoli in UP, Sachin Kumar of Dankaur in Greater Noida, Krishna Kumar Ram from Sasaram in Bihar, and Suraj, a resident of Bulandshahr in UP. Suraj was the group’s local contact for conducting operations in the Delhi-NCR area, said sources.
They are allegedly linked to a Naxal unit from Latehar in Jharkhand, said sources.
“One of those arrested had been on the run for nearly four years. He has links with some Naxalite attacks. After he was traced, the other were arrested from Hindon Vihar. Initial investigation reveals that they were living in the area for the last 2-3 months,” said a senior police officer.
Police sources said that a white car with a Uttar Pradesh registration plate was also recovered from the area where the raid took place. Jharkhand IG (Operations) M S Bhatia said: “We have got information about the arrests. We are in touch with our counterparts in Uttar Pradesh and verifying the identity of the accused.”