The Bihar Police jumped the gun in arresting an assistant commandant of the CRPF posted in Gaya who was allegedly passing on information about the movement of troops to Naxals,according to CRPF officials. Sources said the CRPF had requested the state police to keep the concerned officer under surveillance for some more time so that the web of the entire conspiracy could be exposed.
The state police,however,decided to go ahead with the arrest,and the accused officer has now taken an alibi that he was in touch with the Naxals to plant a mole among them.
Besides invoking the Unlawful Prevention Activities Act (UAPA),the Gaya Police have also booked the accused officer,Sanjay Yadav,under the Official Secrets Act.
Before the Bihar Police informed us about the identity of the officer,we had also come to know that some kind of minute operational details were being leaked. We however did not know at that point in time that it was one of our own officers, said Dilip Trivedi,DG,CRPF.
Before the police could pinpoint the officer involved in leaking the information to a Naxal leader,identified as Pradeep Yadav,who has also been arrested,they groped in the dark for about three months.
Initially we did not know the identity of the officer and the trail reached him as we had put a Naxal leader under surveillance. For months we had no idea who this officer was,the moment we came to know we informed the CRPF, said Amit Kumar,IG (operations),Bihar Police. When the state police informed us we requested them to keep the concerned officer under watch for some more time so that we could know his exact reach in the Naxal hierarchy. They,however,went ahead with the arrest, said a senior officer.
Asked whether the officer could be trying to cultivate the Naxals he was in touch with as a source,Kumar said,There was no two-way exchange of information among the Naxals and Yadav. There are hundreds of calls between them.
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