Chennai, October 13: In the major devlopement, National Investigation Agency (NIA) carried out raids at multiple places across Kerala, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu in the connection with Edakkara Naxal training camp case. The camps were allegedly organised in the Nilambur forest area back in 2016 and a case was registered in 2017.
NIA released the statement regarding the raids. As per the statement, searches were carried out at twelve 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, the agency said.
"NIA conducted searches at twenty locations at the premises of accused Maoists across Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka. The case was registered relating to the conspiracy by members of CPI (Maoists), a proscribed terror organization for conducting terror camps, arms training, flag hoisting, and celebrations for the formation day of CPI(M) during the last week of September 2016 in the Nilambur Forest area and also for engaging in anti-National activities.
According to Coimbatore police, who were part of the operation, searches were conducted in the house of Dinesh, a dentist in Puliyakulam, who was arrested by the Kerala Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) on February 4. The NIA also searched the residence of Danish alias Krishna near Sungam in Ramanathapuram. Danish was arrested in Attapadi in 2018 and charged under the UAPA Act in 13 cases in Kerala. Dinesh and Danish are jailed in Kerala.
During searches conducted, digital devices including mobile phones, SIM cards, pen drives, documents including books, manifestos, pamphlets, and other incriminating materials were recovered.
The case was originally registered in the Edakkara police station in Kerala’s Malappuram district in 2017. The NIA subsequently took over and reregistered it in August this year under sections 121 and 122 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), section 3 read with 25(1B) (a) of Arms Act, 1959 and sections 18A, 20, and 38 of UA (P) Act (UAPA). The case was later transferred to Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) Kerala on April 21 last year.