‘Ghandy had links with Maoists across globe’
The Delhi Police on Friday filed a chargesheet against top Naxal leader Kobad Ghandy in a city court, accusing him of having close links with Maoist organisations across the globe and organising funds for the banned CPI (Maoist) in India. Sumit Saxena reports.delhi Updated: Feb 20, 2010 00:20 IST
The Delhi Police on Friday filed a chargesheet against top Naxal leader Kobad Ghandy in a city court, accusing him of having close links with Maoist organisations across the globe and organising funds for the banned CPI (Maoist) in India.
According to the chargesheet, Ghandy had visited Belgium, Peru, Germany, Brussels, Netherlands and Iran, and forged alliances with the respective communist parties of the region.
He carried out his operations under 12 fake names, including 12 fake aliases like Kamal, Kishore, Katif, Arvind, Akbar, Prashant, Dilip, Suman, Gupta, Saleem and Narsi.
The 700-page chargesheet — filed in the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kaveri Baweja —alleged he was the head of international department of Communist Party India (Maoist) and worked to generate revenue form Maoist organisations across the world.
Ghandy has been charged under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for working for a banned organisation and certain provisions of the Indian Penal Code for cheating, forgery and impersonation. The court will consider it on March 4.
The Delhi Police claimed to have recovered an open letter from the Italian Maoist offering multi dimensional support for all kinds of Maoist activities in the Indian sub-continent.
Ghandy had attended the 9th congress committee of Maoist at an undisclosed location in 2008.
Subsequently in 2008, he became head of South Western Regional Bureau (SWRB).
Ghandy visited Nepal in 2006 to attend an international conference of Maoists in Kathmandu. After the meet, he was elected head of the newly formed international department. He met Prachanda and other leaders of People's Liberation Army.
Association with top Maoists The chargesheet claimed Ghandy named 30 top members of Communist Party of India (CPI) (Maoist) during his interrogation and he was in direct touch with G.N. Sai Baba, who is in control of tactical counter offensive campaign of Maoists.
The police claimed Maoists wanted to trade inspector Francis Induwar of Jharkhand in exchange of Ghandy but they beheaded him as the government declined their demand.
The literature contained in pen-drives, DVDs and computers folders recovered from him indicated that the Sub-Committee on Mass Organisation formed by Maoists have been sub-divided in three groups: Group A, Group B and Group C separately having its hierarchy.
The main aim of this committee was formulate a strategy to kill political leaders, including West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharyya and other top leaders of West Bengal, and police officials posted in areas dominated by Maoists.