Mumbai, June 03: In wake of the arrest of a city- based person in Nagpur on charges of being a Naxalite, Mumbai Police claimed that the city does not have immediate threat of the movement taking roots here.
"Mumbai city doesn't have immediate threat of that kind of movement taking deep roots here and I do not see it in the near future," Mumbai Police Commissioner D N Jadhav told a news agency.
Jadhav said the Naxals will always be on the lookout for areas to "cool off" away from the eastern Vidarbha region where operations are on against them and then look for simmering discontent among the local populace to spread their philosophy.
"They are thriving in forests of central India. So far they haven't succeeded in forested area like Thane or Dhulia and all that," he said referring to the areas to the north of Mumbai.
When asked about reports which said the Naxals were preparing to create law and order problems during the tenth anniversary of the Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar firing incident on July 11, Jadhav said, "one agent can damage a statue and people can come out on the streets and cause disruptions or rioting. You don't have to have a mass movement for that."
Eleven Dalits had died in police firing on demonstrators protesting against the alleged desceration of a Ambedkar statue in Ghatkopar's Ramabai Ambedkar Nagar on July 11, 1997.
Jadhav said there are "infinite possibilities" for the Naxals to find discontent within the people like the mill workers, the setting of SEZs on the city's fringes.