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Specialists quiz Naxals

india Updated: Jan 16, 2007 01:45 IST

NEARLY HALF-A-DOZEN anti-Naxal specialist officers of the Madhya Pradesh Police – including some who are well versed with Naxal ideology, Telugu literature and language – have been assigned the complex task of interrogating the arrested Naxalites.
Officers from DIG to Inspector rank – some specially called from other districts to Bhopal – have been busy grilling the arrested culprits over the past few days.

“A DIG is heading the MP Police’s team of interrogators along with an Additional SP and three Inspectors and mostly all of them are experts in anti-Naxalite operations besides having the knowledge of Naxal ideology and language,” Additional Director General (Intelligence) S K Raut told the Hindustan Times on Monday.

Raut  refused to disclose the identities of members of the interrogating team. All he said was that at least half of them were presently posted or had been posted earlier in Naxal-infested districts of the State.

As almost all the arrested Naxalites predominantly speak Telugu, the police have also chosen those officers who are familiar with the language to interrogate the outlaws. Besides, Bhopal SP Anant Kumar Singh has also been questioning the Naxalites. 

Singh is also an experienced officer in anti-Naxal operations and was posted in Bhopal Patnam, Dantewada, Kawardha and other Naxal-infested areas of the then MP in the early days of his

He was also involved in interrogating a dalam commander who was arrested in Andhra Pradesh in 1997. Besides, teams of experts from other states are also questioning the culprits. The interrogators, nonetheless, are finding the culprits hard nut to crack and extracting tactical information from them is the toughest challenge being faced by interrogators.

Experts from BSF may check weaponry
A TEAM of specialists from Border Security Force (BSF) Academy, Tekanpur, Gwalior is expected to arrive in Bhopal soon to examine the explosives and other weaponry manufacturing raw material confiscated by police from the Naxalites’ weapons factory here.

The team – to be led by a Commandant-level officer – will  conduct further testing of the arms and spare parts seized by police. Besides, teams from Orissa, Jharkhand and Gujarat were also scheduled to arrive soon to interrogate the arrested Naxalites, according to police sources. Meanwhile, a team of MP police officials has also been sent to Andhra Pradesh to collect more information about the arrested culprits, sources added.