In what can be described as a major blow to Left-Wing extremism,a joint operation of Assam Police and Andhra Pradesh Police has led to the arrest of a senior Maoist leader who has been identified as Anukul Chandra Naskar alias Pareshji,who is also a politburo member of the CPI (Maoist).
Confirming this,Assam Home Secretary G D Tripathi said that Naskar alias Pareshji (75),was picked up on Wednesday from Silchar in Cachar district in southern Assam. Hailing from village Balia under Sonapur police station in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal,he had joined the MCC way back in 1967 and had risen to the rank of a politburo member in 2004 after the merger of the MCC and PWG,Tripathi said.
Guwahati City SSP A P Tiwari on the other hand said Naskar alias Pareshji was picked up from a house in the outskirts of Silchar town by a joint team of the Andhra Police (SIB) and Guwahati City Police,following which he was shifted to Guwahati for interrogation. A team of IB officials is also interrogating him apart from the Andhra sleuths and the Assam Police.
We have already ascertained his identity and found that he is among the top five to six policy- and decision-making leaders of the CPI (Maoist). His interrogation is expected to bring to light more about the Maoist strategies as well as their gameplan in Assam and the Northeast, SSP Tiwari told The Indian Express on Thursday.
What exactly was the Maoist leader doing in Silchar in the Barak Valley in southern Assam is still not clear,with SSP Tiwari saying that he could be there seeking shelter following fresh operations carried out against them across the country.
It was only on April 26 that the Assam Police had arrested two top Maoist leaders in the outskirts of the Assam capital here,one of them,Aklanta Rabha alias Maheshji being the lone central committee member of the CPI(ML)-Liberation from the entire Northeastern region. The other person was Siraj Rabha alias Bijoy Rabha,chief training instructor of the Maoists for Jharkhand state. Both were traveling in a car from Goalpara in Assam to Meghalaya when the police intercepted them on the basis of specific inputs.