Mumbai: Woman heads city Naxal unit
Posted by Admin on October 10, 2009
For Mumbai, the impact of the Naxals and the Naxal movement is limited to stray arrests a Vernon Gonsalves or an Arun Ferreira.
But Naxalism is alive in the city and the person keeping it going is a woman. Anjala Sontakke heads the shadowy group in Mumbai.
She is allegedly the Mumbai Area Committee Secretary who funds the organisation and recruitments from the city.
Sontakke, who is from the Naxal-prone area of Chandrapur district, has a Masters degree in Arts and used to be college lecturer there.
She joined the movement in the 90s, while her, husband Milind Teltumde, an engineer joined, in 1985.
He’s the Maharashtra state secretary, which means he looks after funding and recruitment for the state.
The police have been on the lookout for the couple, who left Chandrapur for Mumbai soon after.
A police officer from Gadchiroli, part of the team fighting Naxals in the state, said, “She is among the seniors in the organisation.
She heads the organisation in the city, as she’s well educated, while most new recruits are not.
We had information that she was teaching here, but it’s very tough to find them.”
CM Ashok Chavan said, “I am not aware about this.” Mid Day