ISI bid to woo Naxals, 6 held

Police forces in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh assisted by central security agencies arrested four persons from AP and two from Bangalore. A sum of Rs 25 lakh meant for distribution to Naxals mainly in Andhra Pradesh was also seized from them, official sources said on Thursday.

According to officials, ISI had contacted Chota Shakeel, who is at present holed up in Pakistan. Shakeel got in touch with a person identified as Altaf, alleged to be one of his touts and a resident of Karnataka, for establishing contacts with Naxals in these two states.

Altaf alias Rakesh got in touch with a person named Vinay who had promised him to introduce him to some prominent Naxal leaders from Andhra Pradesh, the sources said.
The Andhra Pradesh police closely monitored the activities of Vinay and it was found that he had received Rs 25 lakh through hawala channel from Altaf in Dubai as a token amount to forge a long term relationship.

Police have arrested another person Shreedhar and three more associates from Andhra Pradesh while Vinay along with one of his accomplice was arrested from Karnataka. All the six people were being interrogated, the sources said.

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