The brother of one of the four people arrested for allegedly being part of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoists) from Dombivli on Friday, has come out in support of his sibling.
Alok Bhattacharya, the brother of 64-year-old, Asimkumar Bhattacharya said his brother was being targeted.
Asimkumar has another brother Tushaar, who has also been arrested for allegedly being a Maoist. He is currently serving time in a Hyderabad jail. Alok, who is a former journalist-turned-national poet said, “The investigation agency is unnecessarily targeting Asim because he is Tushaar’s brother.”
However, sources from the anti-terrorism squad (ATS) said there was sufficient evidence against all the accused, which they will submit in court.
The four alleged Naxalites, including Dinesh Wankhede, 30, Suman Gawde, 40, and Paru Patel, 40, were arrested on Friday by the state ATS after they raided a house in Dombivli, which is believed to have been one of the main ‘military’ production units of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoists).
The arrests, part of the country-wide crackdown on the ‘military’ supply chain of CPI (Maoists), is also linked to the arrest of top Maoist member Sadnala Ramakrishna, alias RK, and four others in West Bengal.
Bhattacharya is suspected to have close links with Ramakrishna, ATS sources said.