Hyderabad: Sickles, an axe, machetes, CPI (Maoist) literature and electronic gadgets were seized during searches conducted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) at 31 locations in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday in connection with Munchingput Maoist case.
The NIA conducted searches at 31 locations spread across eight districts – Visakhapatnam, Guntur, Prakasam, Srikakulam, Kurnool, Krishna, East Godavari and Kadapa in Andhra Pradesh and four districts – Rangareddy, Hyderabad, Medchal-Malkajgiri and Medak in Telangana in the case relating to furthering the activities of CPI(Maoist) in Andhra Pradesh in the guise of frontal organisations.
The case was originally registered on November 23, 2020, at Munchingput police station in Visakhapatnam Rural district and was re-registered by the Hyderabad unit of NIA on March 7, 2021. The case pertains to seizure of revolutionary literature of CPI (Maoist), press notes, medicines, wire bundles and explosives substances from one Pangi Naganna , who was intercepted by Munchingput police during vehicle checking.
Investigation revealed that Naganna was ostensibly working as a journalist and was passing information about police movement to leaders of CPI(Maoist). He was also allegedly involved in instigating villagers to obstruct combing operations of police and prevent them from entering villages and motivating the villagers to revolt against the police parties and hold rallies against the government.
Till now, six accused persons – Pangi Naganna, Anduluri Annapurna, Jangarla Koteswar Rao, Manukonda Srinivasa Rao, Rela Rajeswari and Boppudi Anjamma – have been arrested in the case, according to a press release issued by NIA on Thursday.
During the searches, 40 mobile phones, 44 SIM cards, 70 storage devices like hard discs, micro SD and flash cards, 184 CDs/DVDs, 19 pen drives, a Tab, audio recorder, Rs.10 lakh in cash from an accused along with sickles, axe, machetes besides CPI (Maoist) flags, as well as huge number of incriminating documents, handwritten letters of CPI(Maoist) party literature and CPI(Maoist) press notes were recovered.
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