The National Investigation Agency (NIA) connected Wednesday raided respective Dalit and quality rights activists crossed 31 locations successful Telangana and Andhra Pradesh implicit their alleged links with Maoists.
The cardinal anti-terror assemblage conducted raids astatine Hyderabad residence of V Raghunath, an advocator successful precocious court, and activistic Chiluka Chandrasekhar. Both of them are members of a quality rights organisation named Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee. Besides Hyderabad, the raids were conducted successful 4 different districts of Telangana – Ranga Reddy, Medchal, Malajgiri and Medak.
Meanwhile, different squad of NIA officials conducted raids astatine residences of advocates K Padma and KS Chalam successful Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam. Searches were besides conducted connected different members of the aforesaid organisation successful Kurnool, Kadapa and Rajahmundry districts.
News18 has accessed the FIR transcript successful which arsenic galore arsenic 64 people, chiefly journalists and activists, person been booked nether the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and sedition for allegedly helping and backing Maoists to transportation retired panic activities successful the country.
The suspected “urban-Naxals” nexus came to airy successful November past twelvemonth erstwhile the Andhra Pradesh Police arrested a writer named Pangi Naganna, who allegedly facilitated meetings betwixt Maoists and civilian nine activist, who person been named successful the FIR.
During the interrogation, Naganna besides revealed that helium passed connected wrong accusation astir constabulary movements to Maoist leaders and adjacent instigated villagers to obstruct the cops from entering their area. A publication connected Maoist literature, ligament bundles, mobile phones and property notes were besides recovered from Naganna astatine the clip of his arrest.
Meanwhile, sources wrong NIA told News18 that they volition behaviour much specified raids successful coming days to ace down connected those “working astatine the behest of Maoists”. While the NIA claims that these activists person links with Maoists, members of the civilian nine person condemned the raids and called it a “targeted witch-hunt”.