NIA does it again; discloses minor IM operative’s identity

The National Investigation Agency (NIA), one of the supreme investigating agency of the country, has mistaken it twice by disclosing the identity of a arrested juvenile terrorist, allegedly accused in Patna and Bodh Gaya bomb blasts case, in the public domain. The NIA was addressing mediapersons after the arrest of four IM operatives on Wednesday.

NIA director general Sharad Kumar, who was meeting the press for the first time after taking over in July last year, spelt out the name and age of the juvenile accused. However, when the press release was issued the officials edited the content and extracted out the ‘disclosed’ name.

Surprisingly, this was not the first time when NIA has neglected the Juvenile Justice Laws. On 17 November 2013, the probing agency had issued a press statement related to the details of wanted accused persons involved in Patna and Bodh Gaya blasts. In the content, the photograph of the juvenile accused along with his name, father’s name and the address of his home town was also mentioned. Till Wednesday, all the details of the accused were available on the official website of the agency –

While disclosing his identity, NIA has announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh for any information leading to his arrest. Speaking to Millennium Post, MS Khan, advocate who often deals with terror related cases said, ‘No one can expose the identity of the juvenile. Be he is an accused in a terror activity or he is wanted accused of any other criminal offences.’

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