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Ghandy tough-nut to crack, say police sources

Posted by Admin on October 11, 2009

PTI, Sunday, October 11th, 2009 AT 3:10 PM
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Maoist leader Kobad Ghandy

NEW DELHI: Arrested Maoist leader Kobad Ghandy appeared to have emerged as a “tough-nut to crack” for Delhi Police even as it came to light that Naxals were using technology to their advantage like operating “hard drive-less” laptops with the help of pen drives.

Ghandy, who is currently under the custody of Delhi Police’s Special Cell, is understood to have not revealed much to his interrogators on the network of Maoists in the city as well as the banned outfit’s future plans.

The 63-year-old Polit Bureau member of CPI (Maoist) was arrested by the Special Cell on September 21 from Bhikaji Kama Place acting on intelligence inputs.

However, Maoists claimed that he was picked up on September 17 by Intelligence Bureau after a “weak element” in the CPI (Maoist), who was acting as Ghandy’s courier, “betrayed” him.

“He is one of the ideologues of the party. He is very clever and a tough nut to crack. He tries to mislead us. He suddenly talks about ideology and politics in the midst of interrogation. We cannot say that he is completely cooperating with us,” a senior police official said.

Sources also said that Maoists were using laptops without hard disks and whenever they wanted to operate one, they use a pen drive which is loaded with hard drives, in a bid to ensure that “secrets” are not leaked in case of its seizure by police.

Ghandy’s laptop, which was seized from him, did not have a hard drive. The top Maoist is in charge of spreading the banned organisation’s influence in urban areas.

“Ghandy’s laptop did not have a hard drive. Maoists are using laptops without hard drives. Hard drives are loaded in pen drives. Once the laptop is used, they take out the pen drive,” the sources said.

According to the sources, Ghandy used 13 aliases like Dilip Patel, Narsi, Arvind, Rajan, Katif Ansari and others while he was staying in Delhi and other cities. He also used the fake identity of Narsee Patel while being treated in Sitaram Bhartiya hospital here.

Police claimed it also came to light that Ghandy travelled to some foreign countries, including China, Nepal and Belgium, allegedly using forged documents.

According to sources, police have recovered a laptop, a pendrive and 49 CDs/DVDs from his rented accommodation in Badarpur area.

While seeking his remand, police also told a local court that before the raid at the residence of Ghandy, his associate Arvind Joshi alias Ashok removed documents, books, CDs, laptop, hard disk of a laptop and Rs five lakh cash.

Ghandy also told police that he had met one Jaspal, who is in charge of CPI (Maoist) in Jharkhand, on September 20 as per their plan to spread Naxal activities. Joshi was with Ghandy at the time of his arrest but managed to give police a slip, police told the court.

Police have also seized the voters’ identity card bearing the photo of Ghandy but with a different name ‘Dilip Patel’ and an address of west Delhi’s Janakpuri. Meanwhile, a Delhi Court will pass its order tomorrow on the application of Ghandy seeking presence of his counsel during his custodial interrogation.

Delhi Police has strongly objected to the plea. Ghandy’s counsel Vishal Gosain argued that it was a fundamental rule of law under the Constitution that the service of a counsel would be made available for consultation to any person under custodial interrogation.

Public Prosecutor Naveen Kumar opposed the plea stating that the very purpose of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act would be impeded if presence of counsel is allowed during his interrogation.

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