Maharashtra home dept set up 40-member team for ‘Operation Arnab’


The catch hold of the high profile journalist ,who is very influential personality in the political clout, state home department led by NCP’s Anil Deshmukh drafted a high-level 40-member team led by Kokan range inspector general Sanjay Mohite to arrest Arnab Goswami in the 2018 suicide abetment case.


The preparations for “Operation Arnab” started a few days after Raigad police received the green light to reopen the investigation into the alleged suicides of architect Anway Naik and his mother Kumud in 2018, TOI reported.


As per the report, top cop Mohite drafted the plan to arrest the Republic TV founder under the supervision of NCP’s Anil Deshmukh while the responsibility to execute it was entrusted to high-profile encounter specialist Sachin Vaze.


“For the team led by Mohite, it was a challenging task in view of the powerful Arnab. We acted very carefully, every member of the team observed restraint despite provocation,’’ TOI quoted a cabinet member as saying.


The cabinet member said after the preliminary investigation, it was confirmed that Arnab was allegedly involved in the abetment to suicide case. He further said that, the operation was carried out secretly because police feared that if the information is leaked, Arnab may flee the city to evade arrest.