NIA conducts searches in Assam in CPI (Maoist) case


Guwahati: The NIA has searched two locations in Assam’s Kamrup district in connection with a case involving members of the banned CPI (Maoist) who allegedly set up their network in the northeastern part of the country. What happened, the NIA said Sunday.

The case relates to the arrest of CPI (Maoist) central committee member, Maoist leader Arun Kumar Bhattacharjee and his Assam State Organizing Committee member Akash Aurang by Assam police in Cachar district in March. An official NIA spokesman said.
Bhattacharjee, famously known as ‘Kanchan Da’, was captured in March from a tea garden under Udharbond police headquarters.
The 72-year-old pioneer was entrusted with setting up a state-level CPI (Maoist) board of trustees in Assam and making a “red passage” from an adjoining country to other Maoist-impacted states in India, like Jharkhand, Odisha and Chhattisgarh. Was , Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
“That is a big catch for the Guwahati police. His job was to organize the state party congress, recruit local cadres and buy weapons here. We seized a laptop, a mobile phone, a heavy one from his possession. Criminal documents and cash amounting to Rs 3.6 lakh have been seized, “Guwahati Police Commissioner Harmeet Singh told a press conference after his arrest in March.

The accused, along with other accomplices, were involved in spreading the CPI (Maoist) network in Assam and the Northeast.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) took the case into its own hands on March 16.
The NIA official said that during the search on Friday, criminal documents were seized, adding that further investigation is underway.

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