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‘Rogue CRPF officer had separate cellphone to leak info to Naxals’

The information was being sent to Sandeep Yadav,a member of special area committee looking after operations in Bihar

The CRPF officer detained for allegedly passing on information to Naxals in Bihar was not doing so for money but for other reasons,a senior official said on Friday. He added that investigation was on to ascertain the reasons.

CRPF DG Dilip Trivedi said due to the leaks “not much damage was done and some operations were not giving desired results” although the Bihar Police claimed that the information leak was “too sensitive” in nature.

“As far as the officer’s role is concerned he was involved in passing information about the movement of troops. The forces’ plans were not jeopardised as such,only some operations were not giving the desired results,” said Trivedi.

Investigators have found that Assistant Commandant Sanjay Kumar Yadav used another cellphone to talk to his Naxal contacts,a senior officer said. “He was sending operational details like routes a CRPF company was to take,the destination as well as the composition of the force. This gave the Naxals enough time to escape. Because of the leak,CRPF missed several important catches,” he said.

The information was being sent to Sandeep Yadav,a member of special area committee looking after operations in Bihar,Jharkhand and north Chhattisgarh. Bihar Government had recently announced a reward of Rs 3 lakh on his arrest.

“We have also arrested another person identified as Pradeep Yadav,who was the conduit between the Naxals and the CRPF officer. He is a known Naxal sympathiser in the area,” said the officer. “We have not been able to track any money trail so he (the CRPF officer) was definitely not passing on any information for this particular reason. We are exploring whether there were ideological reasons involved.”

The police said they tracked the CRPF officer by putting a Naxal leader under surveillance. “For a month we did not know the identity of the person,the flag was raised during the surveillance of a Naxal leader,” an officer said.

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Yadav,who earlier worked as a constable with RPF,joined the CRPF in 2011 as an officer. This was his first posting. Posted in Gaya with the 159 battalion of CRPF,he was under watch for the past two months before being detained by the Bihar Police on Thursday.