‘Ferreira case has national implications’

Monday, 14 May 2007 - 9:00am IST
Anti-Naxalite unit officers claimed on Sunday that Bandra resident Arun Ferreira's arrest should be probed as a national security threat case.

Pen-drive recovered from him contained information on possible Naxalite targets


Anti-Naxalite unit officers claimed on Sunday that Bandra resident Arun Ferreira's arrest should be probed as a national security threat case. Senior officers believe there is scope for a huge investigation into Ferreira's links with the upper-echelon members of the ultra-Left movement - spanning several states - and his role in the overall scheme of things.


Senior investigating officers said Ferreira's pen-drive, which was allegedly recovered from him, contain "sensitive" information about possible targets and various recent anti-establishment strategies.


The intelligence and police are trying to assess the "contours and implications" of the information. Pamphlets and other ultra-Left literature, seized from Ferreira's Bandra home, too, are under the scanner.


"We are analysing every bit of information about Ferreira at our disposal which will eventually help us secure the full picture linking him with the  larger Naxalite schemes," said special inspector general of police (anti-Naxalite operations) Pankaj Gupta.


"But the process may take some time as Ferreira is not co-operating with the police," said another senior police officer. 


Sources said Ferreira's arrest case could throw light on the "urban-centric" plans (trends and scope) devised by the Naxalites-Maoists ever since the Maoist Communist Centre and the People's War Group merged into a single unit in September 2004.  


“Ferreira ideologically belonged to a section of the banned ultra-Left groups and the seizure of membership forms/documents and allied stuff justify our claims," the officer added.


 


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