Darbha naxal attack: Three months on, no progress in NIA probe
RAIPUR: National Investigating Agency (NIA), probing the deadly Maoist attack that eliminated the frontline Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh on May 25, is yet to make any significant progress with no arrests so far in cadres of Outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist). A month after the Bastar ambush, two suspected Maoists were arrested in Odisha, as police claimed that they were involved in the Jhiram Ghati attack.
However, later after interrogation, it was revealed that the accused had no direct link, but were among the grass-root level Maoist sympathizers, who provide logistic support to the rebels. Sources said that there is a perception among state police circles that the focus of NIA probe had temporarily shifted to Bodhgaya after the July 7 serial blasts at Mahabodhi temple complex, while some other reasons are also being attributed for no significant progress into the investigation. “The ambush took place in a dense forest area close to the tri-junction of Chhattisgarh-Odisha and Andhra Pradesh-an area which has always been considered as a safe haven for the rebels. It has been the practice of Maoist rebels to frequently move to the forest areas of one state to another where communication network are virtually non-existent,” sources said.
Maoists have a very strong network in South Bastar region, parts of which also fall in their so-called ‘liberated zone of Dandakaranya’ that spreads into neighboring states as well. The rebels run a parallel government in Dandakaranya, with local support, but in government parlance the region is termed as areas dominated by the Maoists. After every incident of Maoist attack, the state police conducts an investigation but without any major headway.
This is for the first time that a Maoist attack case of Chhattisgarh has been handed over to the NIA. Asked what makes an NIA probe different from the investigation of similar Naxalite attacks that took place in the past, a senior official involved in anti-Naxalite operations said, “With its expertise and resources, central agencies carryout all investigations in a more systematic manner than the state police.”
Maoist dalam leader held
ETURUNAGARAM: Warangal district special police personnel on Tuesday reportedly nabbed a Maoist dalam commander. After receiving a tip off, a combing police party of Eturunagaram waited in the forests and took the Maoist dalam commander identified as Dasru from Sukuma district in Chhattisgarh into custody when he crossed the river Godavari. Dasru was visiting the village to meet a local doctor for treatment. The Maoist was taken to Warangal and senior officials are questioning him. The police, however, have not confirmed the arrest.