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naxalThe National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed its first charge-sheet in the 2013 Jiram Valley Naxalite attack, in which 31 people, including senior Congress leaders, were killed, before a special court in Chhattisgarh’s Bilaspur district.

The charge-sheet in the case against 34 Maoists, out of which nine have been arrested, was filed before the court of District and Sessions Judge Mahadev Katulkar yesterday, a senior court official said.

The next hearing in the case has been scheduled on November 20.

On May 25, 2013, Naxalites had ambushed a convoy of Congress leaders returning from a ‘Parivartan Yatra’ in Jiram Valley of the state’s insurgency-hit Bastar district.

Thirty one people, including former state Congress chief Nand Kumar Patel, his son Dinesh, former Leader of the Opposition Mahendra Karma, former Union Minister Vidayacharan Shukla and former MLA Uday Mudliyar were killed.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed its first charge-sheet in the 2013 Jiram Valley Naxalite attack, in which 31 people, including senior Congress leaders, were killed, before a special court in Chhattisgarh’s Bilaspur district.
The charge-sheet in the case against 34 Maoists, out of which nine have been arrested, was filed before the court of District and Sessions Judge Mahadev Katulkar yesterday, a senior court official said.
The next hearing in the case has been scheduled on November 20.
On May 25, 2013, Naxalites had ambushed a convoy of Congress leaders returning from a ‘Parivartan Yatra’ in Jiram Valley of the state’s insurgency-hit Bastar district.
Thirty one people, including former state Congress chief Nand Kumar Patel, his son Dinesh, former Leader of the Opposition Mahendra Karma, former Union Minister Vidayacharan Shukla and former MLA Uday Mudliyar were killed.
Subsequent to the attack, a special NIA court was set up to hear the cases related to the attack at the Bilaspur District and Sessions Court.
During investigation, nine alleged ultras were arrested by the NIA while 25 others accused in the attack are still at large. The special court had directed to attach the property of these 25 offenders, belonging to Andhra Pradesh and Bastar.
Judge Katulkar had on Saturday directed the state government to arrange a defense counselor for the nine arrested accused.


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