NIA searches 20 locations over 2016 Maoist training camps in Nilambur forest


New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency on Tuesday carried out searches at 20 locations spread across Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka in connection with alleged Maoist training camps organised in the Nilambur forest area in 2016, officials said.

"The searches have been carried out at 12 locations in Tamil Nadu in the districts of Chennai, Coimbatore, Theni, Ramanathapuram, Salem, Kanyakumari, and Krishnagiri, three locations in Kerala in the districts of Wayanad, Thrissur, and Kannur, and five locations in Karnataka in the districts of Chikmagalur, Udupi and Shimoga, Karnataka," an NIA spokesperson said in a statement.

The central agency took over the investigation of the case on August 20, 2021, from the Kerala police which was investigating it since 2017, they said.

"The case pertains to an alleged conspiracy by members of banned terrorist group CPI (Maoist), a proscribed terrorist organisation for conducting training camp, arms training, flag hoisting and celebrations for formation day of CPI (Maoist) during the last week of September 2016 in the Nilambur forest area and also for engaging in anti-national activities, threatening the unity, integrity and security of India," the spokesperson said.

The Kerala Police had on May 18, 2021, charge-sheeted five persons Kalidas, Danish alias Krishna, Rajan Chittilapilly, Dinesh D H and T K Rajeevan.

"Investigation by NIA is continuing against the involvement of remaining 20 members of CPI (Maoist)," the official said.

The NIA recovered a number of digital storage devices besides mobile phones, SIM cards, documents including books, manifesto, pamphlets, the spokesperson said.

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