Bokaro, Oct. 25: Maoists are apparently investing their ill-gotten money in construction and mining activities and running NGOs in Jharkhand and Bihar.
According to sources, a number of Naxalites, who were arrested from different parts of Jharkhand and Bihar recently, have revealed this to police during interrogation.
In the wake of this revelation, Jharkhand’s director-general of police (DGP) Rajeev Kumar has directed districts, including Bokaro, to keep tabs on all business and non-profit organisations, particularly those in rebel zones.
In Bokaro, superintendent of police (SP) Kuldip Dwivedi has asked all officers-in-charge across the district to find out details about business units, mines, individual contractors as well as NGOs operating in Maoist-affected areas.
The police are checking their activities, bank accounts and monetary transactions to snap their financial links, if any, with rebel outfits.
The DGP has also asked the districts police to gather information about all organisations or individuals, who had been providing financial support to rebel organisations, and send reports to the state headquarters.
Jharkhand ADG and police spokesperson S.N. Pradhan admitted that a directive in this regard had been sent to all Maoist-hit districts.
“The issue came up during a meeting of the state’s DGP and his Bihar counterpart Abhayanand around a fortnight ago. The two sides decided to fight against the Maoist design jointly,” Pradhan said.
Incidents of contractors, miners and transporters paying levy to rebels to protect their businesses are not new in Jharkhand or Bihar.
But, Maoists taking up road and railway construction projects through NGOs and individual contractors has got police worried.
Police sources told The Telegraph that several rebels were arrested in the aftermath of the Maoist attack in Aurangabad and Jamui districts (both in Bihar) in the last week of September.
During interrogation, the rebels had revealed names of contractors and NGOs who worked for them. Police are now verifying the claims.
“They extort money from general contractors, owners of mines and stone crushing units. Then, they invest the amount in NGOs and construction projects, apart from buying arms and ammunition for their fight,” a senior police officer said.
Bokaro SP Dwivedi said, “We are trying to find out all details. All suspected organisations and individuals, who pay levy to Maoists, are under scrutiny. We have broken the backbone of Naxalites in our zone, and will foil all their plans to create disturbance in the area.”