Raipur, June 3: Days after its investigation in deadly Chhattisgarh Naxal attack, National Investigation Agency (NIA) came up with some shocking information. The investigating agency confirmed that four Congress leaders indeed had conspired with the ultras to carry out the May 25 attack.
However, the identities of the four leaders of the party have not been revealed yet. According to a report published in Daily Bhaskar, while two Congress leaders were present at the convoy, other two leaders were believed to have provided "running commentary" to the ultras as soon as party convoy left from Darbha block.
One NIA official was quoted as saying, "We are investigation the call records which were made through the Jagdalpur cellphone tower. Four Congress have been identified who we believe provided minute-by-minute information to the Naxalites. Two of them were present in the convoy."
Continuing his statement, the official added, "At present, we think that one of those in the convoy was the mastermind who planned the strike."
Earlier slain Congress leader Mahendra Karma's son Deepak had raised questions regarding the "successful" attack by the Naxals. During an interview with Times of India, Deepak said, They cannot carry out such a big operation successfully without inputs on Congress leaders' movement. This information was provided by someone who was privy to the movement plan."
Deepak also informed that his father did not used to take similar routes while travelling from one place to another. But on that fateful day, he surprisingly had taken the same route. Deepak claimed that someone might have influenced him to change his normal routine.
Ruling party in the state -- Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also had accused former Chhattisgarh CM and Congress leader Ajit Jogi for hatching the conspiracy with Naxals. The BJP leaders had raised questions regarding Jogi who had left by a chopper after the rally on May 25.
BJP also demandeda narco test on Congress MLA Kawasi Lakhma who was spared by the naxalites while other senior leaders were killed.
BJP spokesperson Ajay Chandrakar was on Sunday quoted as saying, "Lakhma can give exact information about the conspiracy involved in the Naxal attack. The legislator has admitted that he had a conversation with Naxals before they released him during the attack."
At least 250 Maoists had attacked the Congress convoy when the leaders were returning from party's Parivartan rally in Sukma on Saturday, May 25. Karma along with other senior leaders were killed when the heavily-armed Maoists ambushed the convoy. Shukla, who was injured critically, is being treated in a hospital in Gurgaon.