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This Naxalite demands respect

MIDDLE-AGED SRINIWAS, one of the alleged Naxalites arrested in Bhopal, is under intensive grilling sessions of investigative agencies but he doesn?t open his mouth unless he is given respect.

india Updated: Jan 18, 2007 01:44 IST

MIDDLE-AGED SRINIWAS, one of the alleged Naxalites arrested in Bhopal, is under intensive grilling sessions of investigative agencies but he doesn’t open his mouth unless he is given respect.

He refuses to talk unless he is addressed reverently, say officials who have quizzed the five Naxalites arrested in the raid on illegal factory of Naxalites at Satnami Nagar here.

The police are not yet sure whether Sriniwas is telling his correct name and waiting for verification from Andhra Pradesh ADG (Intelligence) Arvind Rao, but his technical soundness has amazed police.

“Any weapon obtained from police or army through loot or any other method was brought here and with the help of foreign books the research on design was done on computer here as per principles of reverse engineering,” says an investigating officer.

“The dye was subsequently prepared, cast and tested here only,” he further says. Also, police officials believe that the committed Naxalites undergo family planning operation. They feel that children would be a hindrance in their lifestyle to their cause.

Sriniwas is away from his house for nearly two decades. There is no particular demand from them during detention except ample quantity of rice in their meals. After the initial 3-4 days of detention, they requested the police to let them take bath, which they were allowed to.

The investigating officers say that the five persons were living here for quite a long time but rarely asked personal questions even amongst themselves and didn’t spend any extra money on them. Meanwhile, the experts of Border Security Force (BSF) are analysing the research on weaponry that was done at the Naxalites’ factory here.

The Military Intelligence officials have been shown the restricted books recovered from the Naxalites. Teams of police from various states, Military Intelligence, Intelligence Bureau and local police are interrogating them. The police team from Gujarat is expected soon and the investigators of Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh are already here though some police teams have departed. The accused are in police custody until January 25.

Ex-DGP sons gift carbine to police
THE SONS of former DGP J M Qureshi on Wednesday gifted to Bhopal police a .30-bore semi-automatic carbine, which was once owned by their father, for its operation in catching the Naxalites. Late J M Qureshi, an officer of Indian Police Service (IPS) is remembered for his success in anti-dacoity operations in Chambal region. He had also served as Secretary with the Union Government besides being chairman of Union Public Service Commission. His sons today gifted the unique weapon along with eleven live cartridges to DIG Bhopal Range Anuradha Shankar Singh.

In a letter they congratulated the police for their success in nabbing the Naxalites apart from arrest of other hardened criminals in the recent past.

The .30-bore semi-automatic carbine rifle is a rare weapon and few officers could get the licence from the Centre to keep this gun. Qureshi’s sons have congratulated the State police for ‘re-defining the anti-dacoity operations’ in Madhya Pradesh.

DIG Anuradha Shankar Singh thanked Shakil M Qureshi, Jalil M Qureshi and Suhail M Qureshi, the sons of late JM Qureshi. The weapon would be kept in the armoury of the district police lines.

First Published: Jan 18, 2007 01:44 IST