October 27, 2020

Eight rebels on NIA radar for terror links

Muzaffarpur: Eight rebels belonging to the Communist Party of India (Maoist) are on the radar of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for suspected links with terror forces active in the country.

The eight were arrested by police in the North Bihar region. Zonal inspector-general (IG) Sunil Kumar said the arrested rebels are being checked time and again for their links with terror outfits. The IG said he has requested the police headquarters for an in-depth investigation by competent agencies. The police headquarters has asked NIA to ascertain their terror funding links and links with anti-national elements.

Police sources said the NIA swung into action to tighten the noose around the eight rebels languishing in several jails. The NIA has already quizzed Kamlesh Bhagat, Sudhir Bhagat, Mosafir Sahni, Rohit Sahni and Umesh.

The rebels are said to have amassed huge assets and wealth from levy extracted by flexing muscles for several years in their areas of dominance in Muzaffarpur, Vaishali, Champaran and other parts of North Bihar.

The police said NIA sleuths are minutely examining documents recovered by the concerned district police from the place of arrest.

Sources said three more rebels, currently in a central jail in Bihar, are on the watch list and will be interrogated shortly. Details of their bank accounts and assets in terms of immovable property are being verified.

The ongoing investigation by NIA is at an advanced stage and in all likelihood unlawful wealth amassed by the rebels will soon be seized.

An NIA team recently paid a visit to Khudiram Bose Memorial Central Jail in Muzaffarpur and interrogated dreaded rebel leaders Kamlesh Bhagat of Baroraj and Sudhir Bhagat of Deoriya Kothi for an hour and received vital clues on the rebel network’s terror funding links.

Once the NIA seizes illegal wealth by tightening the noose around these rebel leaders, the rebels’ growth in the North Bihar region will come to an end, said a DSP-rank officer from Muzaffarpur.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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