Political conspiracy cannot be ruled out in Bastar naxal attack: NIA
RAIPUR: At a time when the state is to observe the first anniversary of
Bastar’s Maoist massacre that killed frontline Congress leaders on May 25 last
year, a row has erupted over the current status of investigation by National
Investigation Agency (NIA) and speculations are rife about political conspiracy
behind the attack.
Right from the beginning when NIA took up its probe, there were media
speculations about NIA submitting its report while the investigating agency has
been repeatedly clarifying that being a prosecuting agency, its job is to file
charge-sheet in the court on the basis of findings of investigations.
“NIA is not supposed to submit its report to anyone, neither to Centre
nor to state. We will file charge-sheet at a designated court in Bilaspur
within a month,” a senior NIA official said.
Discounting local media reports that NIA has concluded that in its
Bastar massacre probe, no political conspiracy was involved, NIA official said,
“In an investigation of such scale and magnitude, probe agencies always look
into all possible angles, including that of conspiracy. As of now, we don’t
have anything to substantiate such theories. Political conspiracy, if any,
would be revealed only after senior Maoist leaders involved in attack are
arrested,” the official said.
While the investigations were put on hold owing to elections and rains,
the NIA official said that eight accused, including two surrendered, have been
arrested from Sukma and Bastar.
With the help of surrendered senior Maoist leader GVK Prasad alias
Gudsa Usendi, NIA has identified about 97 main accused and few groups of
Maoists and others. “NIA has been interrogating Maoists arrested from Odisha,
Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. The propaganda that NIA is groping
in dark is unfounded,” he added.
Darbha valley attack on May 25 last year had eliminated 27 people
including the then state Congress president Nandkumar Patel, his son Dinesh,
former Union minister VC Shukla, senior Congress leader Mahendra Karma and
former legislator Uday Mudaliyar while they were returning from Sukma after
attending a Congress parivartan rally.