Noida: At least nine people suspected to have links with Naxals were arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Saturday evening from Hindon Vihar in Noida's Sector 49 while one was arrested from the Chandauli district in Uttar Pradesh.
UP ATS IG Asim Arun addressed the media in Noida on Sunday afternoon and informed that the group was trying to make a base in NCR region. The Maoists were planning to commit crimes like loot, robbery and abduction to fund their activities. The accused have been identified as Ranjit Paswan(35), Krishna Kumar (42), Pawan Kumar (25), Suneel Kumar (25), Shailendra Kumar (41), Sachin Kumar (28), Suraj (22), Ashish (18), Brij Kishore (22) and Sunil Ravidas (30). Four of them are from Bihar while others from Uttar Pradesh.
Police said they the accused suspects were operational in Bihar and Jharkhand. Arun said that a local resident had informed police about suspicious activities in Hindon Vihar apartment. "The local police developed the information and informed higher officials. When we became sure of the illegal activities, we conducted the operation on Saturday night. We arrested five persons from the spot with huge cache of arms and detonators. Based on the details of interrogation, the police conducted a raid on Sunday morning in Sadarpur area and arrested four more Maoist suspects," Arun said.
Police said that Ranjit Paswan is the mastermind of the gang. He told police that one of his accomplice, Sunil Ravidas was hiding in Chandauli district. A team of police officials conducted a raid and arrested Ravidas from there. Police found one INSAS Rifle and two other rifles from his possession.
Arun said that the gang members were expert in bomb making process. "During interrogation they revealed that they wanted to shift their base in NCR to commit crimes like ATM heist, robbery and abduction as they could not get enough money in Bihar and Jharkhand area," Arun said. The gang had opened two shops in the locality and pretended to work as property dealers.
Police have found three 32 bore pistols, one 09 mm pistol, three country-made revolvers, 60 cartridges (32 bore), 10 cartridges (09 bore), 18 cartridges (315) bore, two laptops, 13 mobile phones, four cars, one motorcycle and Rs 75,000 from their possession. Police said that Ranjit Paswan is a notorious Maoist commander and has served ten years jail in several criminal cases.