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NIA issues ‘Most Wanted’ list of 258 fugitives, seeks people’s help


National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday issued a list of most wanted fugitives — containing 258 people, out of which 15 are women. The most wanted list includes Lashkar-e-Taiba Chief Hafiz Saeed and Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin and 26/11 mastermind Zaki-ur-Rahman too.

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According to NIA website, Pakistan based terrorist do not carry a bounty on their head, whereas NIA has put a maximum reward on a Maoist leader from Telangana. The investigation agency has also sought help from the public to nab these wanted fugitives.

On Saturday the agency took to Twitter and shared a link asking people to call if you find any of them mentioned in the list. The agency also assured saying, the identity of those offering tips will be kept secret.

NIA need your help in locating fugitives. If you have any information, please call at 011-24368800 or mail at assistance.nia@gov.in., NIA wrote.

Most of them in the wanted list have an Interpol notice issued against them and are wanted for carrying out “terror activities”, “training militants” or “planting explosive devices” in the country. Few of them named in the list are Maoists who are wanted for “conspiring to wage war against the government of India,” and “carrying arms and ammunition and a huge cache of money.” A total of 98 absconders have an RCN issued against them and a red dot beside their picture denotes the same.

On the fugitive — Mupalla Lakshman Rao alias Ganapathy carries the maximum reward price of Rs 15 lakh on his head.

According to NIA report, Ganapathy is among the top leaders of the banned Maoist group, was suspected to be in Gaya in Bihar in 2017 but his location could not be traced. Fifteen names in the list belong to Pakistan.

India had earlier released a list of the 50 most wanted fugitives allegedly hiding in Pakistan on May 2011, after the killing of Osama bin Laden in Operation Neptune Spear. It was prepared in consultation with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the NIA, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and various law enforcement agencies.

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