NIA nabs fugitive Maoist aide and accused in arms recovery case from Kolkata

Agency News

New Delhi, May 2 : The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday arrested a fugitive accused Manoj Chaudhary from Hooghly in West Bengal in connection with an arms recovery case in Giridih and he was produced before Ranchi NIA Special Court where he was remanded to five days custody.

The federal terror probe agency recovered and seized several incriminating documents showing immovable properties related transactions from his possession.

Manoj Chaudhary, a native of Bharti Chalkari village in Giridih district was wanted in a case that pertains to the seizure of huge cache of arms and ammunition at Akbakitand village, Giridih District in Jharkhand leading to the arrest of 15 operatives of CPI (Maoists) including SAC member Sunil Manjhi. A case was registered against all arrested accused under various sections of IPC, Arms Act, Explosive Substance Act, CLA Act and also under UA(P)Act in May, 2018 at the local police station at Dumari in Giridih district.

The Central probe agency took over the case and initiated investigation and after sustained interrogation of the accused, more numbers of arms and ammunition and huge quantities of explosives, were recovered from Lugu Pahad in Bokaro District. Subsequently, NIA submitted two charge-sheets against total 17 accused persons including absconding accused Manoj Chaudhary on August 21, 2018 and January 8, 2019. “Manoj Chaudhary was an active member of the banned terrorist outfit CPI (Maoist) and he was instrumental in investment of proceeds of terrorism (extortion/ levy amount collected by senior Maoists cadres ) into real estate. He had been in contact with the senior CPI (Maoist) cadres since 2008 and had been channelizing their ill-gotten wealth into acquisition of immovable properties at prime locations in Giridih district of Jharkhand. He had been continuously evading arrest for more than three years”, NIA said in the charge sheet. Further investigation in the case has been continued, the NIA added. (UNI)