Naxalites in Chhattisgarh are in possession of more than 6,000 country-made rockets. Sadanala Ramakrishna alias ‘Techni Anna’, a senior commander of naxals in Chhattisgarh made this startling revelation in Kolkata.
These rockets that arrived from Mumbai, Kolkata and other destinations across India were assembled at a secret naxal hideout in Aboojhmaad, said Ramakrishna, who has spent many years in jungles of Chhattisgarh. National Investigative Agency (NIA) is investigating the matter.
Andhra Pradesh and Kolkata Police have interrogated Sadanala one-by-one and Chhattisgarh police has been kept in loop with regards to the primary findings. As per the agencies, Techni Anna accepted that he has been working with the naxal ranks on assembling rockets for the past 10 years and has seen more than Rs 30 crores being invested into the development of arms and ammunitions. Many components of the rockets were assembled in Karjat (Maharashtra), he said, while others are made in factories in and around Kolkata.
It isn’t clear as to where these assembled rockets have been stored or planted, as parts of the rockets being taken for assembly, were recovered from Raipur recently. NIA teams have been combing parts of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Kolkata, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, in search of clues of naxal hideouts.
As per sources, apart from interrogating Techni Anna, NIA is also fastracking the procedure to take the remand of Aseem Kumar Bhattacharya and his 3 aides.
The group that woked with Aseem Bhattacharya in Thane, was in regular contact with Techni Anna and initial findings suggest that the naxal cadres are working at developing pin-point precision of these rockets.
Although factories that make ammunitions for naxals hasn’t succeded in making ‘modern’ rockets and assault weapons, they are deadly enough to target cordons and platoons of armed forces travelling in the naxal belt.