Close on the heels of arrest of two prominent Naxals in the neighbouring Thane district on Monday, Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) today said they have nabbed four more members of the group, including three women, from Pune and Nashik.
The alleged naxals, Mayur Bhagat alias Jenny (23), Jyoti Chorghe (19) and Anuradha Sonule (23) were apprehended from Pune on Wednesday night while Sonule's aide Siddharth Bhosale (24) was caught from Chandwad area in Nashik last night, ATS chief Rakesh Maria said.
All the four booked under relevant sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act were produced before a local court here today which remanded them in police custody till May 3.
Maria said Rs 1.90 lakh in cash, naxal literature, five mobile phone handsets and SIM cards were recovered from the rented houses of Bhagat and Chorghe.
"The naxals have some bank accounts that were freezed," he added.
On Monday, the ATS had arrested Angela Sontakke (42), an alleged naxal and wife of Milind Teltumbde, secretary of Maharashtra's CPI (Maoist) committee, with Rs 1.54 lakh in her possession from Talaopadi area in Thane while her aide Sushma Ramteke (27) was held from Pune. The two had good academic background.
Sontakke was also working as a secretary of 'Golden Corridor Committee' formed in February 2008 to spread Naxal ideology among students and labourers.
The four who were arrested were working with Sontakke and during the probe it was learnt that an another body known as Western Region Area Committee was formed and trying to spread its roots in Mumbai, Thane, Nashik and Pune.
Sontakke is secretary of this two-year old Committee, and all the four are its members.
While Bhagat and Sonule are BA graduates, Chorghe studied till HSC and Bhosale is MA in Economics, said Maria.
"The four were involved in scouting for labourers and students who could be part of their movement, recruiting them, passing messages, buying electronic equipment etc. They are making concerted efforts to spread their network in urban areas, particularly in Mumbai, Thane and Nashik," Maria said.
"Some more members are there in Western Region Committee. We are trying to trace them," he added.
Maria said the naxals have set up their base in Pune because of various reasons, including easy accessibility to the city and good medical facilities available here.
An ATS source said that fake ID cards and PAN cards were also seized from the four adding that the members were paid anything between Rs 3000 to 5000 per month while their family members were also also paid a certain amount every month.
Maharashtra ATS Arrests Four More Naxals
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