NIA be­gins probe into naxal at­tack in Ch­hat­tis­garh


Ateam of National In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency (NIA) has com­menced its probe into the Ch­hat­tis­garh at­tack on Congress lead­ers by Maoists which claimed 27 lives, in­clud­ing that of the Pradesh Congress Com­mit­tee chief Nand Kumar Pa­tel. Union Home Sec­re­tary R.K. Singh said an of­fi­cial or­der for­mally hand­ing over the case to NIA to carry out the in­ves­ti­ga­tion had been is­sued. Home Min­is­ter Sushilku­mar Shinde had said that the NIA will probe the Maoist at­tack on Congress lead­ers and the Cen­tre has re­ceived a go-ahead from Ch­hat­tis­garh Chief Min­is­ter Ra­man Singh for it.

Heav­ily-armed Maoists had on May 25 am­bushed a con­voy of Congress lead­ers in the state’s Bas­tar dis­trict, killing 27 peo­ple in­clud­ing PCC chief Pa­tel, his son Di­nesh, Congress leader Ma­hen­dra Karma and ex-MLA Uday Mudli­yar and in­jur­ing 32 oth­ers, in­clud­ing for­mer Union Min­is­ter V.C. Shukla.

The Prime Min­is­ter Dr Man­mo­han Singh has con­demned the vi­o­lent at­tack on Congress lead­ers and work­ers in Ch­hat­tis­garh. “I very strongly con­demn the vi­o­lent at­tack on Congress lead­ers and work­ers in Ch­hat­tis­garh. My deep­est sym­pa­thies and prayers are with the fam­i­lies of those who have lost their lives. I wish a very speedy re­cov­ery to those who have been in­jured in the das­tardly at­tack; in­clud­ing se­nior Congress leader Shukla.

“I have spo­ken to the Chief Min­is­ter of the state and urged him to pro­vide all pos­si­ble as­sis­tance to those who have been in­jured and to en­sure the se­cu­rity and safety of those who have been ab­ducted.

“I ap­peal to the at­tack­ers to re­lease all those who may have been ab­ducted at the ear­li­est. Such in­ci­dents go against the demo­cratic val­ues of our coun­try. Govern­ment will take firm ac­tion against the per­pe­tra­tors of vi­o­lence of any kind.”

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