Now, Lucknow too has come on the radar of the Maoists. The state government made the revelation that along with Kanpur, Allahabad, Gorakhpur, the state capital had been selected as a hideout and meeting point of Red Brigade.
The undeveloped Maqsood Colony located in Makkaganj (Hasanganj) inhabited by the lower middle class was selected to establish a safe hideout for holding meetings and to run the nefarious activities. The Military Committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) has also established a training center in the forest area of Rudrapur district located in Utarakhand.
During interrogation the zonal committee member of 3USAC (Uttar Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand Special Area Committee)."Kripa Shankar alias Manoj told the police officers that he has taken a house in Makkaganj on rent for providing a safe hideout for the Maoists active in the state capital and neighbouring districts.
The police raided the house number 536/259 in Maqsood Colony on Saturday and seized documents including pamphlet and naxal literature. The literature highlighted the operations carried out by the Maoists in various parts of the country and their plan to launch arms struggle.
On February 8 the UP Special Task Force (STF) has nabbed eight Maoists including Kripa Shankar. Later the police took the Maoists on remand for interrogation.
The ADG (Law and Order), Brij Lal told HT a police team led by CO Babupurwa (Kanpur) brought Kripa Shankar to Lucknow and identified the house that as used as hideout.
According to sources the police is likely to pick more person for interrogation in the state capital. "They are sympathizer or working as courier for the Maoists", an officer said.
What has taken the state police officials by surprise was that Maoists have been running a training center in the forest of Raudrapur district located in Utarakhand.
A police team has taken Rajendra Kumar Phulara alias Arvind a native of Almora district to Utarakhand to check the training center. "Was it used as a center for arm training or secret meeting point we would know only after the police team completes it investigation", Lal said He further said the house of Seema Azad organizing secretary of PUCL located in Govindpuri, the Maoists also used Allahabad as a hideout.
A police team took another Balraj the Central Committee member and Politburo member of CPI (Maoist) to Allahabad for interrogation. Balraj identified the house of Seema (EWS- 7/8 Govindpuri) and told the police officials that Maoists have gathered in the house on various occasions to hold meetings.
The police had already taken Seema Azad and her husband Vishwavijay into custody. "The Chandra Shekhar Azad Park and Haathi Park located in Allahabad was also a meeting point of the Maoists", Lal said.