Sukma attack: Maoist commander Hidma, others named in FIR, confirms Chhattisgarh police
Maoist commanders Hidma, Situ and Sonu are among scores of naxals named in an FIR in connection with the Monday's ambush in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district in which 25 personnel of the CRPF were killed, a senior official said on Thursday.
Raipur: Maoist commanders Hidma, Situ and Sonu are among scores of Maoists named in an FIR in connection with the Monday's ambush in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district in which 25 personnel of the CRPF were killed, a senior official said on Thursday.
"The case was registered by the Chintagufa Police against Maoists, including their senior cadres, involved in Burkapal incident," Sukma Superintendent of Police Abhishek Meena said.
Police have booked the Maoists military battalion no.1 head Hidma, its deputy head Situ, its two company commanders Sonu and Nagesh, Konta Area Committee commander Arjun, Jagargunda Area Committee commander Papa Rao, besides several other ultras in the case, he added. The FIR was registered two days back against more than 100 naxals under various sections of the IPC, Arms Act, and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
In one of the worst Naxal attacks in the state in the recent past, as many as 25 CRPF jawans were killed and seven others injured when the ultras attacked a patrol party of the 74th battalion of the paramilitary force near Burkapal village under Chintagufa police station limits on 24 April.
According to sources in the police department, they have received inputs regarding the presence on 22 April of the Maoist commander Situ along with his team at Tadmetla village, around 7-8 kms away from Burkapal.
Police suspect that the attack was planned by Situ and two other Maoist commanders--Sonu and Nagesh--who are active in the region, with the support of local lower-rung cadres including sanghams and militia members.
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"Only then, the court will decide whether the probe should be transferred to National Investigating Agency," said the division bench headed by Justice P V Hardas, hearing a public interest litigation seeking probe by the Central agency in the case.
The NIA told the court that custodial interrogation of the accused had yielded facts pertinent to establishing the links amongst them and their association with the Islamic State.