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NIA cracks down against CPI (Maoist) revival attempts with multiple raids

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Lucknow. NIA on Tuesday cracked down against attempts by leaders, cadres etc. of CPI (Maoist) to revive the banned terrorist organisation with raids across Uttar Pradesh.

Raids were conducted at the premises of accused and suspects at eight locations in Prayagraj, Chandauli, Varanasi, Deoria and Azamgarh districts of UP. Several digital devices, including mobile phones, laptops, pen drives, compact discs and memory cards, were seized during the raids, along with SIM cards, naxal literature, books, pamphlets, pocket diaries, money receipt books and other incriminating documents.

NIA investigations indicate that several frontal organisations and Students Wings have been tasked to motivate/recruit cadres and propagate the ideology of CPI (Maoist) with the intent of waging a war against the Government of India. They were conspiring to commit acts of terror and violence in furtherance of this agenda.

Investigations have also revealed that Pramod Mishra was leading the cadres and sympathizers/Over Ground Workers (OGWs) of CPI (Maoist) in the efforts to revive the terror organisation. The raids conducted on Tuesday in the case were at the premises of such cadres and OGWs etc.

Earlier, last month, Bihar Police had arrested one Rohit Vidyarthi, the brother of Ritesh Vidyarthi whose wife is named in the FIR relating to the case. Rohit’s interrogation had further led the State Police to the arrest of Pramod Mishra, CC Member and In-Charge of the NRB (Northern Regional Bureau) of CPI (Maoist). Following these arrests, the state police had seized arms, ammunition and a Gun factory, where a lathe had been installed for making parts of weapons and assembling country-made weapons in Bihar and U.P.

The FIR filed by the NIA in connection with the case earlier had named accused Manish Azad and Ritesh Vidyarthi, along with their associates Vishwavijay, Seema Azad w/o Vishwavijay, Amita Shireen w/o Manish Azad, Kripa Shankar, Soni Azad w/o Ritesh Vidyarthi, Akanksha Azad and Rajesh Azad as some of the key accused working to further the CPI (Maoist) revival attempts.

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