The ATS unit of Juhu had arrested these accused on January 12 this year, after receiving a tip-off.
Mumbai: The Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) has filed a chargesheet against eight arrested naxal operatives for allegedly working for the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist)'s inter-state Golden Corridor Committee to spread their ideology in Maharashtra and Gujarat, and for allegedly taking part in terror activity.
The probe agency claimed that the accused were actively involved in promoting the naxal ideology and were targeting youngsters to join their outfit. The accused were arrested in January.
The statements of more than 200 witnesses and documents seized from the accused are part of the chargesheet, which runs into a few thousand pages. It names Krushna Lingya Ghoshka, alias Ajay Dasri, Satyanarayan Rajayya Karela, Babu Shankar Buchhya Wanguri, alias Babu, Shankarrya Lingya Gunde, Ravi Rajanna Marampelli, Ramesh Gorayya Golala, Narsayya Laxmayya Jumpala and Saidul Narsimha Singapanga as accused.
The probe agency has charged them under sections 13 (1) (a) (whoever takes part in or commits terrorist act), 13 (1) (b) (whoever advocates, abets, advices or incites the commission of any unlawful activities), 16 (punishment for terrorist act), 18 (punishment for conspiracy etc of lawful activities), 18 (A), 18 (B), 19 (harbouring any person knowing that such person is a terrorist), 20 (being member of terrorist gang or organisation), 38 (offence relating to membership of terrorist organisation), 39 (offence relating to support given to a terrorist organisation) and 40 (offence of raising fund for a terrorist organisation) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and sections 465 (forgery), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record).
Dasri told the police that he was working for the CPI (M) and during further probe the ATS nabbed six more persons against whom chargesheet has been filed. The probe agency has handed over a copy of the chargesheet to defence lawyers Arif Siddiqui, Arun Ferreira and Firoz Ansari.
The ATS unit of Juhu had arrested these accused on January 12 this year, after receiving a tip-off from reliable sources. The ATS had laid a trap at Kalyan railway station and on receiving the signal, had nabbed the first accused, who has been identified as Ajay Dasri.