NEW DELHI: In a 12-hour-long operation across the State, Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has arrested 10 Naxals with 125 detonators, explosives and automatic weapons from Delhi’s neighbourhood Noida.
The ATS claimed that arrested persons were planning major strikes in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR) during Diwali.
In a night-long operation on Saturday that ended on Sunday morning, the ATS carried out several raids and arrested 10 left-wing extremists, including Sunil Ravidas, a former self-styled area commander of erstwhile People War Group (PWG), who was active in Naxal-hit Sasaram district of Bihar.
UP ATS IG Asim Arun said an alert citizen had called the police about the suspicious activities in his neighbourhood. They had been staying in flat No.102, B23, on the second floor, for the past six months pretending to work as property dealers. They had even opened two shops in the locality.
Police said that arrested persons were planning to commit crimes like robbery, ATM loot, kidnapping, extortion and contract killing to raise funds for their planned operation in Delhi and NCR.
An INSAS assault rifle, three 32-bore pistols, one 09 mm pistol, three country-made revolvers, many cartridges, two laptops, 13 mobile phones, four cars, one motorcycle and `75,000 from their possession.