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Microchip may have Maoist clues,efforts on to decode it

An officer said they were waiting for a report from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) in Mumbai.

Written by VijaitaSingh | New Delhi |
September 23, 2013 1:19:45 am

Investigating agencies have not been able to extract information from the microchip recovered from Hem Mishra,a Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student arrested by Gadchiroli police in Maharashtra as it contains encrypted data,a senior officer said.

An officer said they were waiting for a report from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) in Mumbai,which is trying to decode the microchip,said to have been sent from top academic circles in Delhi,for Maoist leaders in Abujhmad in Chhattisgarh.

“We are yet to receive the CFSL report as we were not able to decipher the microchip since it contains encrypted data. We do not know what the contents of the microchip are yet,” said Ravindra Kadam,DIG,Gadchiroli Range.

Mishra reportedly named a man,Rajesh,whom he often met at a dhaba on JNU campus. He gave him the microchip to be handed over to top Maoist leadership said to be hiding in Abujhmad area. After getting the microchip,Mishra reportedly asked DU Professor GN Saibaba for permission to travel to Gadchiroli. Saibaba dismissed the allegations. “Why will Hem Mishra seek my permission before going anywhere? It is ridiculous to even think so…I got nothing to do with his visit to Gadchiroli,” said Saibaba.

The Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) has sent a letter to home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde condemning a raid on Saibaba’s house by Gadchiroli police.

Another officer said Mishra was saying all sorts of things and they had to sift through his statements for facts. Another officer said Mishra did not know the contents of the microchip and was only a courier. “He himself does not know what was there in the chip but was part of a well entrenched network of couriers,” said the officer.

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