The statement by West Bengal [ Images ] Director General of police Naparajit Mukherjee, regarding a nexus between Naxals and the Inter-Services Intelligence is something that needs to be taken seriously, says Vicky Nanjappa.
There has been much talk about this since the last three years, and investigations by the police, the Intelligence Bureau and the anti-Naxal force have revealed that this link was established through a group in Dubai [ Images ].
According to a source, the ISI made the first move three years ago, with the intention of exploiting this internal problem, since they believed that funding the Naxal moment would help causing more destability in India [ Images ]. But the Naxals thrived on local support, and believed that any links with a Pakistani agency would be fatal to their cause.
But even they were wary in their refusal, because they realised that if the going got tough for them, they could rely on financial help by the ISI.
A source said that the ISI used smugglers based out of Dubai to make contact with the Naxals, and ensured that only Indian nationals were part of this initial deal.
One of the arrested men, Altaf, told the police that the gang was trying to establish a link between the underworld in Dubai and the Naxals. He claimed that he was instructed to hand over Rs 25 lakh to a Naxal sympathiser.
The police found later that this Dubai-based group in Dubai was into smuggling and was playing a huge part in the fake currency racket. This group was also contributing funds to the ISI which was being used to finance terror operations. The police also nabbed another gang that had managed to get in touch with some Naxal leaders, and had offered financial assistance.
Previously, the ISI has also made several attempts to lure the Naxals through operatives in Kashmir [ Images ] and members of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba [ Images ]. The ISI sent Umer Madani, who is a LeT operative to hold talks with the Naxals.