Edakkara Maoist case: NIA Conducted Raids in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka

Special teams of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday conducted searches at multiple places across Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in connection with the Edakkara Maoist case.

NIA conducted raid at twenty locations at the premises of accused Maoists across southern states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

According to the agency, the searches were conducted at twelve locations in Tamil Nadu’s Chennai, Coimbatore, Theni, Ramanathapuram, Salem, Kanyakumari, and Krishnagiri, three locations in Kerala’s Wayanad, Thrissur, and Kannur, and five locations in Karnataka’s Chikmagalur,  Udupi and Shimoga.

“During the searches conducted today, digital devices including mobile phones, SIM cards, pen drives, documents including books, manifesto, pamphlets and other incriminating materials have been recovered from the premises of the accused persons,” the NIA said.

The case was registered on 30 September 2017 at Edakkara Police station in Kerala’s Malappuram and was re- registered by the agency on August 20 this year.

The case was registered under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code, Arms Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. It is related to the  conspiracy by members of CPI (Maoist), a proscribed terrorist organisation for carrying out training camp, arms training, flag hoisting and celebrations for formation day of CPI (Maoist) in the last week of September 2016 in the Nilambur forest area. The accused were booked for engaging in anti-national activities, threatening the unity, integrity and security of India.

After investigation by State Police, this year on September 18, five accused persons Kalidas, Danish alias Krishna, Rajan Chittilapilly, Dinesh D H and T K Rajeevan were chargesheeted. NIA is still investigating by National Investigation against the involvement of remaining 20 members of the CPI.

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