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19030ISI's efforts to infiltrate ranks of Maoists with money?
- S TurkmanAug 17, 2010
Posted by: "Abhijit Sengupta" abhijit.1.sengupta@...
Thu Aug 12, 2010 11:41 am (PDT)
Two-state arrests reveal ISI efforts to woo Naxalites
12 August 2010
Press Trust of India
HYDERABAD/BANGALORE , 12 AUG:
Six arrests made across the country have given sleuths the reason to suspect that Pakistan's key Intelligence agency, the ISI, has enlisted underworld don Chota Shakeel to make contacts with Naxalites.
Police forces in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, assisted by Central security agencies, picked up four persons in Andhra Pradesh and two in Bangalore.
About Rs 25 lakh meant for distribution among mainly Andhra-based Naxalites was seized from them, official sources said today.
According to officials privy to the operations, ISI contacted Sheikh Shakeel Ahmed alias Chota Shakeel, who is currently hiding in Pakistan. The underworld don, wanted in India, got in touch with a resident of Karnataka identified as Altaf, for sending feelers to Naxalites operating in these two states. Altaf alias Rakesh, in turn, contacted Vinay who promised to introduce him to some prominent Naxalite leaders from Andhra Pradesh, the sources said.
Andhra Pradesh police were keeping a close eye on Vinay. Conducting some discreet probe, they found out that he had received Rs 25 lakh through hawala channels from Altaf in Dubai as a token to forge a long-term relationship.
They then picked up Vinay and an accomplice in Karnataka. Another suspect, Shreedhar, and his three associates were arrested in Andhra Pradesh. All six people are currently being interrogated, sources said.
During investigations, the arrested people claimed that they were planning to visit Dubai and meet Altaf alias Rakesh to pave the way for ties between the ISI and Naxalites. For their trouble, they planned to extort a hefty amount from the ISI's Dubai pointsman.
Vinay apparently told investigators that Altaf had suggested that the ISI was willing to pump in money to sponsor Left-wing extremism provided right contacts could be established. The plan was to back up the cash support with supplies of arms and ammunition, the sources said.
Police have seized the passports of all six arrested persons and their tickets to Dubai.
The Naxalites are currently ruling the roost in 15 Indian states. The ISI had made an attempt to woo the Naxalites earlier as well but could not make much of a headway.