Hyderabad: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted searches at the residence of a retired doctor at Mancherial district in Telangana. The doctor identified as Chandrashekar had allegedly helped a woman Maoist who had approached him when she was sick. Searches began in the wee hours of Friday and went on till late afternoon. Though there is no official confirmation from NIA in this regard, sources close to the operation informed that the agency seized two mobile phones, hard disks and revolutionary literature.

Chandrashekar, who runs a clinic in the town, told media persons that he had treated a woman a few days ago, not knowing that she was Maoist. He said he came to know that the woman’s name was Narmada alias Nirmala after she surrendered before the police recently. Based on his statements, searches were held.

Mr Chandrashekar said, “They have recorded my statement. I have a record of serving as a government doctor even in Maoist affected areas and won praises from people, they mistook me to be Maoist sympathiser and conducted the searches. They questioned me based on a book and a CD that I had purchased at a book fair and also based on some old reports in the newspapers.”

NIA was investigating a case of an attack on a police team in May 2019.

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