The sessions court on Friday framed charges against the alleged member of a Naxalite group who was arrested on the charges of trying to spread Maoist philosophy in the city.
Surya Devra Prabhakar an alleged member of a Naxalite group and former member of the banned People’s War Group (PWG) was arrested on January 20, from outside his home in suburban Kanjurmarg, where he had been working as an English and Maths tutor in the MMRDA transit camp.
“The court has framed charges under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Indian Penal Code,” said special public prosecutor Dileep Shah. He added that Prabhakar has pleaded innocence.
Shah said the court has framed charges under sections 20 (being member of terrorist gang or organisation), 18 (Conspiracy), 13 (unlawful activities) under the UAPA and section 465 (forgery), 466 (forgery of record of court or of public register, etc.), 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record) and 420 (cheating) under the IPC.
The Anti Terrorism Squad had said that Prabhakar had admitted his association with the CPI (Maoist) and with the PWG since 1978. The ATS said he was in the process of creating a base for Maoist activities in Mumbai.
Prabhakar, according to the ATS, had been operating under a PWG subsidiary, People’s Guerrilla Army (PGA) formed in December 2000.
The ATS had said that the PWG had a number of frontal organisations of students, youth, industrial workers, miners, farmhands, women, writers and cultural artistes.
According to the ATS, during the interrogation of Shriniwas and Vernon Gonsalves, both alleged CPI (ML) activists, Prabhakar’s name had cropped up. ATS had said that Prabhakar used to take important policy decisions on Naxalite operations.