Delhi firm helped Maoists get night-vision gear,NIA probes

The NIA is investigating the reported procurement of night-vision equipment by Maoists.

Written by Rahul Tripathi | Published:March 31, 2013 1:16 am

The NIA is investigating the reported procurement of night-vision equipment by Maoists from a Delhi-based private firm which was raided earlier this week.

The firm is reported to have forged documents to procure the equipment in bulk from a US-based company,and supplied a large part of the consignment to Maoists in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.

The NIA raided the Delhi and Punjab premises of the firm and questioned its owner. Besides seizing some highly-sophisticated equipment,the agency claimed to have seized invoices and import documents as well.

In its FIR,the NIA has accused the private firm of waging war against the country. Besides bringing charges of cheating and forgery,the agency has also invoked Section 18 — which deals with conspiracy in a terror act — of the UAPA against the private firm and unknown others.

The FIR says the firm forged documents to show the US company that the order had been placed by the Jharkhand government. The FIR also names top cadres of the CPI (Maoist).

Each piece of the night-vision equipment,which can be used to see up to a distance of four kilometres,is estimated to cost nearly Rs 20 lakh.

While the NIA is yet to establish the money trail,it has sought bank account details of the firm and its owner. Officials believe the Maoists may have paid for the equipment using the hawala route.

In a related development,the NIA is also probing the seizure of arms and explosives by the Bihar police in Aurangabad in March last year. The case was recently transferred to the NIA. Besides arms and ammunition,the Bihar police had also seized 17 wireless handsets and 100 police caps.

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