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NIA charge-sheets one more accused Vijith Vijayan in Kozhikode Maoist case

Tribune News Service
New Delhi, July 20

The anti-terror federal probe agency NIA on Tuesday said it had filed a charge-sheet against arrested accused Vijith Vijayan alias ‘Musafir” in a special court in Ernakulam in connection with the Kozhikode Maoist case.

Officials in the agency said the NIA charged 26-year-old Vijith Vijayan, a resident of Wayanad district of Kerala and an alleged CPI (Maoist) terrorist, under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

The officials said the NIA investigation revealed that Vijayan was an active member of CPI (Maoist) and was part of the publication division. He was instrumental in translating the documents of CPI (Maoist) and facilitating recruitment for the banned organization, they added.

“Further investigation has also established that Vijith Vijayan had motivated and recruited charge-sheeted accused Allan Shuaib into CPI (Maoist) and was actively involved in enhancing the activities and influence of the banned outfit and its frontal organisation, Padantharam,” a senior NIA official said, adding that Vijayan was arrested by NIA on January 21, 2021.

This Kozhikode Maoist case was registered by Kerala Police under sections of the UAPA on November 1, 2019, which was later handed over to the NIA on December 18, 2019. The case was re-registered by NIA and following its investigation, the agency had filed its first charge sheet against three accused persons on May 27, 2020, the officials said.

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