New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has conducted searches at seven locations in Jharkhand and Bihar in connection with the brutal murder of Naresh Singh Bhokta by the banned terrorist organisation CPI (Maoist) in 2018.
According to reports, the raids took place on Wednesday at the premises of the accused and suspected individuals in the Palamu district of Jharkhand and the Gaya and Aurangabad districts of Bihar.
The searches targeted the residential properties of five arrested commanders and two suspected over ground workers who are known supporters of the Naxals. The operation resulted in the seizure of various digital devices, including mobile phones, SIM cards, and incriminating documents.
Naresh Singh Bhokta was abducted and killed on the night of November 2, 2018. He was falsely labelled a police informer during a so-called ‘Jan Adalat’ (public hearing) organised by the banned terrorist outfit. His body was discovered near the village of Badhai Bigha in the Madanpur area of Aurangabad district in Bihar.
The NIA took over the case from the Bihar police on June 24, 2022, and has thus far arrested a total of nine individuals in connection with the crime. In February of this year, the NIA filed a supplementary charge sheet against one accused, Ajay Singh Bhokta, under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, the Arms Act, as well as sections 13, 16, 18, 20, 38, and 39 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967.
During its investigation, the NIA uncovered the involvement of high-ranking Naxal commanders in the murder conspiracy and also recovered the weapons and vehicles used in the crime.