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Kobad Ghandy wrote for leading newspapers

The man touted to be one of the biggest Maoist catch in recent times, 63-year-old Kobad Ghandy used to write for economic journals and prominent newspapers using a pseudonym, Arvind. Karan Choudhury reports.

delhi Updated: Sep 23, 2009 23:28 IST
Karan Choudhury

The man touted to be one of the biggest Maoist catch in recent times, 63-year-old Kobad Ghandy used to write for economic journals and prominent newspapers using a pseudonym, Arvind.

Ghandy was head of the publication division of the Communist Part of India (Maoist) as well.

“During investigations, we found that till some time back, he used to write for prominent economic dailies and journals using the pseudonym Arvind,” said a senior police officer on the condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

“He has immense knowledge on economic issues and used his work to promote his Maoists’ ideologue,” the officer said.

Ghandy, who was arrested in a joint operation of the Andhra Pradesh Police and Delhi Police on Saturday, was produced at the Tis Hazari Court on Tuesday and sent to judicial custody for 14 days.

In Tihar, Ghandy was sent to the jail hospital for a check-up. When arrested, he had claimed that he came to the Capital for treatment.

Jail doctors said initial checkups revealed he was suffering from some kind of heart ailment.

Tihar Jail spokesperson Sunil Gupta said: Jail doctors and doctors from outside are treating him. He is hale and hearty right now.”

Ghandy has been kept in the high-security jail number 3.

Jail officials who refused to be named said Ghandy asked for books from the library, which were provided to him.

They said a few high ranking members of People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) also came to meet Ghandy.