The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) suspects that the naxals have a mole in the police department, who informs them about any action targeted against them.
A day after the ATS arrested an important naxal functionary Angela Sontakke from Thane in April this year, it recovered some vital documents from the raid carried out at the hideout of her aide in Pune.
The documents contained crucial information, including confidential police notes, a proposal for getting sanction under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and letters from the arrested naxals to influence witnesses from the raid at the hideout of Sushma Ramtekke in Pune on April 26, said an ATS official.
The agency also recovered a document relating to the arrest of another naxal leader that had taken place in 2007 from the raid at Ramtekke’s hideout.
“We found a copy of the proposal that was sent to the state government to take sanction under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) against Shreedhar Shreenivasan alias Vishnu,” said a source, while adding that the proposal also had names of witnesses.
The recovery of this document has raised concerns over the safety of the witnesses, the source added. “A letter with instructions to Milind Teltumbde, a top naxal functionary, stating that the witnesses should be contacted and influenced, was also found,” the source said.
A copy of a booklet that is used by the police to identify the key naxal figures was also recovered from the Pune raid.
“The booklet is a secret document that is available only to senior police officers,” said a source. This secret document profiles each key naxal figure on basis of several characteristics, which include their physical and other background information.
The recovery of such classified information is shocking, a source said. “The UAPA sanction proposal is available only with the police department. Its recovery from a naxal cadre is serious,” the source added.
After Sontakke and Ramtekke, ATS arrested Mayuri Bhagat alias Jenny, 23, and Jyoti Chorghe, 19. On the basis of information gathered from them, the agency arrested Anuradha Sonone and Siddharth Bhosale. Daula Dengle was arrested by the agency on May 13.