Close on the heels of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) busting the nexus between the Maoists and the insurgents of the North-East, the agency on Thursday registered two new cases pertaining to Naxal violence and procurement of arms and sophisticated communication equipment by the ultras.
The NIA registered a case pertaining to a landmine explosion in which BSF commandant JR Khaswan, his deputy Rohit Saran, Inspector Ashok Yadav and Assistant Inspector Jeetendra were killed by the Maoist on February 10 near Balimela reservoir in Malkangiri district of Odisha. Earlier, the Naxals had ruthlessly killed 60 personnel of the Greyhounds near this reservoir that lies near Andhra border of the State.
The other case pertains of recoveries of sophisticated communication equipment, including high frequency wireless sets from Koraput on February 23.
Both these cases, NIA sources said, were registered following request from the Odisha Government. Earlier, the NIA had on the request of the West Bengal Government probed the case relating to the arrest of head of the Central Technical Committee of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) Sadanala Ramakrishna and the conspiracy related to the nexus between Maoists and banned terrorist outfit People’s Liberation Army of (PLA) of Manipur.
NIA sources said those related to the arms factory of CPI (Maoist) at Nerul that was busted recently are likely to be arrested soon. Four persons have already been arrested in connection with their involvement with Nerul factory in Maharshtra.
The NIA is increasingly being roped in by the States for probe into the cases pertaining to the Maoists even as the ultras are spreading their tentacles far and wide, both for furthering their subversive agenda and for procurement of arms and ammunition and communication equipment.
“It is a good sign that cases related to the Maoists are being referred to the NIA as the Naxals have not only linkages with the terrorist and insurgent groups within the country but also have tactical alliances with the groups operating beyond the Indian border. Probe by the local police often do not reach the logical conclusions as those related to investigation often have to operate in the areas affected by Naxal violence,” an official said.
The move to entrust cases to the NIA, a federal agency, further assumes significance as a host of States have in the past opposed setting up of a National Counter Terrorism Centre with the provision to vest it with authority for search, seizure and arrest.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik had recently sought strengthening of NIA for taking up anti-terror cases instead of creating NCTC