NIA to investigate links between Maoists in Bihar, Bengal and Jharkhand
The Union Home Office (MHA) involved the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to investigate links between Maoists in Bihar, West Bengal and Jharkhand. The ministry suspects a larger plot in the seizure of hand grenades, rocket launcher cards, a huge cache of spare parts for the manufacture of these items, in addition to detonators, safety pins, fuses , codex sons from the Danapur region in Patna and Karauna in Jehanabad on March 31. .
The Bihar Special Task Force (STF) arrested five Maoists, including Parshuram Singh aka Nandlal and his associate Sanjay Singh from their village Bistaul in Jehanabad, while they arrested Parshuram’s two sons Rakesh Singh and Gautam Singh later from their residence in the locality of Gajadhar Chak with the lathe mechanic Mohammad Badaruddin.
STF officials said two hand grenades, three rocket launchers instruction manuals, four detonators, a pressure switch, two safety fuses, numerous safety pins and grenade levers were recovered from the Nandlal’s residence in Danapur.
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According to MHA officials, the investigation revealed that weapons and ammunition had been introduced into the area for a long time with the help of Maoists in Jharkhand. A team of three NIA members reached Jehanabad and inspected Nandlal’s house and orchard where STF recovered weapons, ammunition and explosives.
“A grenade launcher base was first spotted in this area. Following information about the presence of Maoists near the village of Bistaul, an NIA team began a search operation when they accidentally stumbled upon the Maoist grenade launcher base, ”an official said.
Items seized include over 600 detonators, a regular rifle, seven magazines, six rifle bolts, 25 active cartridges, two cordless sets, three police uniforms, a harness of electrical wires, 279 detonator caps, two pins, 685 safety latches, rubber grenade washers, five partially manufactured grenades, three grenade launch bases.
According to the MHA, those arrested were arrested under articles of the Prevention of Illegal Activities Act (UAPA) and the case will be investigated by the NIA because of its interstate ramifications. The NIA team is expected to travel to Jharkhand and other states to investigate the manufacture and stockpiling of weapons and explosives, ”officials said.