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NIA conducts searches in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to trace Maoists

According to NIA, CPI (Maoist) allegedly conducted training camp, arms training, flag hoisting and celebrations of the formation day of the organisation in September 2016 in Nilambur forest area, Kerala.

By: Express News Service | Bengaluru |
Updated: October 12, 2021 7:52:14 pm
According to NIA, CPI (Maoist) allegedly conducted training camp, arms training, flag hoisting and celebrations of the formation day of the organisation during September 2016. (File)

National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday conducted searches in 20 locations across Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu concerning an alleged conspiracy by the members of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), a proscribed terrorist organisation, for conducting arms training, and other reasons.

According to NIA, CPI (Maoist) allegedly conducted training camp, arms training, flag hoisting and celebrations of the formation day of the organisation in September 2016 in Nilambur forest area, Kerala.

Initially, the FIR was registered at the Edakkara police station in Kerala on 30 September 2017. The anti-terrorism squad of Kerala Police investigated the case in 2020. NIA Kochi took up the case after the inquiry which revealed that the organisation members were allegedly involved in anti-national activities.

The searches have been carried out at twelve locations in Tamil Nadu, in the districts of Chennai, Coimbatore, Theni, Ramanathapuram, Salem, Kanyakumari, and Krishnagiri; three locations in Kerala in the districts of Wayanad, Thrissur, and Kannur; and five locations in Karnataka in the districts of Chikkamagalur, Udupi and Shivamogga.

After the raids, the NIA said that digital devices including mobile phones, SIM cards, pen drives, documents incuding books, manifesto, pamphlets and other incriminating materials were recovered from the premises of the accused persons. While a chargesheet against Kalidas, Danish, Rajan Chittilapilly, Dinesh D H and T K Rajeevan has been filed, the investigation is in progress over the involvement of the remaining 20 members of CPI (Maoist).

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