THE STEEL and other raw material used for making guns by the Naxalites caught in Bhopal were supplied from Indore. According to information, during interrogation, the accused told the police that they had purchased the steel and drilling machines used in making the guns from M/s Calcutta Steels and M/s Industrial Tooling Corporation, both having their officesshops in the Loha Mandi area of Indore.
However, the police said that these two firms are in no way connected with the Naxalites. They were simply supplying lathe machine, drilling machine, steel and other goods to the Naxals little knowing about the ultimate use of these products. A Crime Branch team went from Indore to question the arrested Naxalites to find whether there is any connection with Indore, but did not find much evidence of it.
It also transpires that the arms used to be supplied to Raipur and Nagpur through women, who used to travel in trains to carry the arms. The women used to pack these things in a bedding. This is not the first time that police have come to know of women being used to carry out illegal activities.
Earlier, police while investigating the infamous Jhirniya arms case, had found that the weapons had been smuggled there with the help of women. In the case of Bangladeshi dacoits also the stolen goods used to be taken out of the country with the help of women.
Security beefed up in Naxalite-hit areas
SECURITY IN the three Naxalite-hit district of the State has since been beefed up in the wake of the high alert following the unearthing of a weapons factory in the State capital and arrest of the outlaws. Inspector General (police) of the affected districts- Balaghat, Mandla and Dindori Anvesh Mangalam said night vigil in the sensitive areas has been intensified and round-the-clock patrolling was being carried out. Mangalam, however said that those arrested in Bhopal have so far not revealed any information about their connections with the Naxalites in the State. Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police for Naxalite affected areas, G Janardhan, said security has been beefed up in and around the police stations as well.
Mandla dist without SP
AT A time when Naxalite menace in the State has assumed an alarming proportion what with seizure of arm factories in Bhopal, one of the Naxal-prone districts, Mandla, is without Superintendent of Police for the last 40 days.
SP Niranjan Wayangkar was shifted from the district on December 5 last year. Since then the State Government has not posted his successor.