NIA files charges against seven “Maoist activists”

They are accused of “conspiring, supporting and promoting” the activities of the prohibited outfit

The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is investigating the case against suspected Maoist activists in Andhra Pradesh, has filed charges against seven people for their alleged roles in “conspiring, supporting and promoting” the activities of the banned CPI (Maoist) terrorist organization.

The defendants are Pangi Naganna; Akkiraju Haragopal alias RK alias Ramakrishna, member of the Central Committee of the CPI (Maoist) and advisor and responsible for the area of ​​the Andhra-Odisha border (AOB); Boppudi Anjamma from Amarula Bandhu Mitrula Sangham (ABMS); Rela Rajeshwari from Chaitanya Mahila Sangham (CMS); Anduluri Annapurna from Pragatisheela Karmika Samakhya (PKS); Manukonda Srinivasa Rao from Virasam; and Jangala Koteshwar Rao alias Koti from PKS.

The defendants were indicted under various sections of the IPC, including 120B and 39 of the UA (P) Act of 1967, Sections 4 and 5 of the Explosives Substances Act, and Section 25 (1A) of the Indian Arms Act.

Pangi Naganna was arrested by Visakhapatnam District Munchingput Police and a case against him was recorded on November 23, 2020.

Naganna was intercepted by the police while allegedly carrying Maoist literature and other incriminating material.

When it was revealed, a large supply of explosives and weapons had been recovered, which he was to give to members of the CPI (Maoist).

The NIA later took over the case and reregistered it on March 7, 2021.

The NIA said in a press release that the investigation found that ABMS, CMS, PKS, Virasam and PKM were frontal organizations of the CPI (Maoist) and were floating in line with the banned organization’s Tactical United Front strategy.

Five of the accused leaders met Akkiraju Haragopal and other leaders in the forest with Pangi Naganna, who, under the guise of a journalist, was organizing meetings and appointments with high-ranking CPI (Maoist) leaders.

During the meetings, the leaders of the frontal organizations discussed their strategy of organizing agitation, dharna, rasta roko and other activities against the government in order to spread Maoist ideology and get support from different parts of society.

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