Visakhapatnam: The NIA filed a charge sheet against seven senior operatives, including a top Maoist leader and activists of various groups, for conspiring, supporting, and furthering the activities of CPI (Maoist), a proscribed terrorist organization in Andhra Pradesh and nearby states. The accused persons have been charge-sheeted under various sections of the IPC and the Indian Arms Act.
On 21 May, the Central agency filed a charge sheet against Pangi Naganna; Akkiraju Harigopal alias Ramakrishna, a member of the CPI (Maoist) central committee; Boppudi Anjamma of Amarula Bandhu Mitrula Sangham (ABMS); Rela Rajeshwari of Chaitanya Mahila Sangham (CMS); Anduluri Annapurna of Pragatisheela Karmika Samakhya; Manukonda Srinivasa Rao of VIRASAM; and Jangala Koteshwar Rao alias Koti of Pragatisheela Karmika Samakhya (PKS).
A case was initially registered at the Munchingput police station in Vizag district on 23 November 2020 after Pangi Naganna was intercepted by the Munchingput police while carrying Maoist literature and other incriminating materials.
Based on his information, a large cache of explosives and arms were recovered which were to be handed over to members of CPI (Maoist) by Pangi Naganna. NIA had re-registered the case on 7 March 2021 and taken over the investigation.
The investigation has revealed that ABMS, CMS, PKS, VIRASAM, and PKM are frontal organizations/Praja Sanghalu of CPI (Maoists) and were floated in pursuance to the Tactical United Front strategy of CPI (Maoist).
The five accused leaders of these frontal organizations used to meet Akkiraju Harigopal and other leaders in the forest along with Pangi Naganna who in the guise of working as a journalist, was organizing meetings and appointments with senior leaders of CPI (Maoist).
During the meetings, the leaders of frontal organizations used to discuss their strategy for organizing agitations, dharnas, rasta roko and other activities against the government in order to spread Maoist ideology and to garner support from various sections of society for the cause of CPI (Maoist). Further investigation in the case continues.