In wake of the growing threat of Maoist presence in the city, Delhi Police have intensified tenant verification drive in the city.
A top Maoist leader, LSN Murthi (65) alias Krishna Rao, arrested by the Andhra Pradesh police on March 22, was living in south Delhi’s Basant Gaon till September 2009 before he went underground.
Investigations revealed that Murthi was living under a fake name and the landlord had not opted for his verification. He had told his landlord that he worked for a publishing house that printed study materials for children.
“The landlord had only made him submit an identification proof (that turned out to be a fake PAN Card) and asked him to fill the form. He had not passed it on to the police for verification,” said a police officer.
Central Intelligence Agencies have informed the police that Maoists have a significant presence in the city.
“We have intensified tenant verification drive in the city following reports that several Maoists are trying to set up base in the capital,” said a senior police officer.
Police said that Maoists have a considerable base among the trade unions and student bodies in the city.
Kobad Ghandy, another top Maoist leader, who was arrested on September 20, 2009 near Bhikaji Cama Place, had been living in the city for three years and was undergoing treatment at a private hospital.
Arvind Joshi, a PhD scholar recently arrested for Maoists activities in the capital, was living on rent in Molarband
Extension near Badarpur. Ghandy was a frequent visitor to Joshi's house.
The interrogation report of Ghandy had revealed that areas like Patel Nagar and Uttam Nagar in west Delhi were the “new dens” of Maoist presence in the city.