NIA probing conspiracy angle

The National Investigation Agency (NIA), entrusted with the investigation into the Maoist attack on a Congress convoy on May 25, has not ruled out the conspiracy angle.

Police sources pointed out that the NIA has taken a note of whispers in the political circles that there was a last minute change in the route of the convoy, which led the unsuspecting leaders to a deadly trap. “The change of route, apparently by some Congress functionaries and the return of a few senior leaders unscathed, despite  indiscriminate firing by around 500 ultras, is now a point to be probed by the agency,” the sources said.

The NIA is also looking into the call list of the 119 mobile phones which the rebels snatched from the Congress leaders. . “Vital clues about the movement of the Maoists have emerged after they used the phones. The Maoists, who participated in the attack, might have crossed the junction of Chhattisgarh-Andhra-Odisha,” the sources said.

A preliminary report submitted by the central agency has shed light on the flawless planning by the Maoists, who somehow got a wind of UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) movements. The Maoists observed that the drone stationed in Hyderabad hovers on the Chhattisgarh forests till 4pm. They decided to launch the attack after the UAV retires.

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