Maoist Link Case: NIA raids accused homes across state

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The National Investigation Authority (NIA) on Wednesday raided the homes of all the defendants in a case involving the restoration of Maoist literature and other incriminating material in Munchingput, Visakhapatnam and across the state.

Munchingput police arrested Pangi Naganna on November 23 last year and allegedly retrieved revolutionary Maoist literature, bundles of wires and other incriminating material. He reportedly admitted to being a sympathizer and informant for the Maoists. He had named 64 people who are reportedly linked to the banned CPI (Maoist).

Based on Naganna’s confession, the Munchingput police filed an FIR against 64 people. The NIA took over the case on March 5th this year. The homes of Chalam and Padma of the Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners and VS Krishna of the Human Rights Forum (HRF) are known to have been raided. The homes of activists from the Revolutionary Writers’ Association, the Civil Liberties Committee (CLC), the Amaraveerula Bandhumitrula Sangham (Association of Friends and Relatives of Martyrs) and the Praja Kala Mandali (Folk Art Front) were searched.

The Kurnool Special Correspondent adds: The NIA officials ransacked the homes of Pinakapani and Somasekhar Sarma in Arora Nagar on a court order. Mr. Sarma is a member of Rayalaseema Vidyarthula Sangham and Pinakapani, a journalist, is a member of the Executive Committee of Viplava Rachayuthala Sangham (VIRASAM).

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