Bengal rocket launcher, cash haul: NIA files chargesheet against four Maoists

The National Investigation Agency Saturday filed a supplementary chargesheet in a Kolkata court against four suspected Maoists, including two women, for their alleged role in supplying arms and ammunition, and training in manufacturing of rocket launchers. NIA took over the case in March and filed the first chargesheet in August.

In the first chargesheet, it named Sadula Ramakrishna, the head of Central Technical Committee(CTC), Dipak Kumar, Sukumar Mondal, Sambhu Charan Pal and Bapi Mudi. The second chargesheet was filed against Asimkumar Harnath Bhattacharya, Dinesh Kailash Wankhede, his wife Hirondi Gawade and Arka Paru Bai, wife of arrested cadre Chakka Sivaramakrishna. The four were arrested in July.

NIA had seized more than Rs 90 lakh cash, ammunition, Maoist literature, diagrams and literature on rocket launchers and weapons, and documents related to transport of weapon components to Raipur from Kolkata and Mumbai. Several finished components of rocket launchers and other weapons were also seized.

The probe revealed a conspiracy by CPI (Maoist) to develop sophisticated arms and ammunition, including rocket launchers, for its fight against the security forces. Initially a Technical Development Committee was formed in 1994 to coordinate the technical units producing light articles outside the fieldzone. Ramakrishna was instrumental in its formation.

After the formation of CTC, from 2002 to 2006, technical units were established at several places like Pune, Rourkela, Indore, Bhopal and Bhubaneswar under Ramakrishna's supervision. From 2008, he established CTC teams in Kolkata and Thane, and started procuring raw materials and finished components of weapons, said NIA.

The finished products, assembly tools and related items were regularly sent to Raipur, from where they were transported to the forests of Dandakaranya/Abhujmaad where they were assembled by the cadres, claimed NIA.

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