Kingpin may spill the beans on Maoist-ISI link
By Soumittra S Bose,TNN
NAGPUR: The police are looking into political affiliation and activities of fake currency kingpin Umesh Rawat arrested by the crime branch near Sikta in West Champaran in Bihar recently.
Rawat was brought to city on Sunday. He is learnt to be a Nepali Maoist and a village head in Nepal.
Intelligence agencies may start probing the ISI-Maoist collusion in pumping fake currency in India after the arrest of Umesh Rawat alias Prasad alias Patel. Apart from Maoists, Nepal is also learnt to be harbouring a well-oiled network of ISI and Dawood Ibrahim gang, especially in and around Kathmandu. According to intelligence reports, both ISI and Maoists have a common agenda of fostering anti-national operations in India.
The crime branch, which had netted two of Umesh’s aides from Madhya Pradesh and city earlier, is likely to produce Umesh before the court today. The team under crime branch senior inspector P T Ingle, which nabbed Umesh, also reached city. Before being nabbed, Umesh’s moles circulated several fake notes at different locations in the city and MP.
Apart from collecting the names of the Umesh’s moles, the cops are trying to establish the real picture of his network spread in different parts of the country. It is also learnt that Umesh has so far named people like Abrar, Imamul and others who are known to have wide network of illegal activities in Nepal. Police team also found several phone numbers in possession of Umesh. It has already been found that Umesh had some ‘contacts’ in eastern Vidarbha too.
It is learnt that intelligence security establishment strongly believes that Maoist and ISI have forged an alliance to wage terror war against India. In a recent development, Maoist have openly come forth to voice their sympathy for banned Students Islamic Movement of India (Simi), which is known to have joined several terrorist outfits across the border including Lashkar-e-Toiba.
Pankaj Gupta, chief of state anti-naxal operation cell, said that his department too would likely to probe the angle of Umesh’s political linkages after the arrested fake note kingpin is available for questioning.
“We would look into details that may be revealed by him (Umesh),” said Gupta. Apart from ANO, other intelligence departments may also question Umesh.