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Red levy papers seized

Lakhisarai, July 3: Police have stumbled upon printed levy letters on Maoist letterheads, reflecting an organised summary of income and expenditure of the organisation.

This has belied the police’s tall claims of having eliminated the Maoists. On the contrary, the rebels enjoy the privilege of hefty levy collection in the region. Documents recovered show that the rebels had set a target to collect more than Rs 12 crore as levy in May 2014 but could only manage Rs 1.17 crore in the districts of eastern Bihar and close Jharkhand districts. Their account of expenditure showed Rs 4.20 lakh under different heads.

Lakhisarai superintendent of police (SP) Ashok Kumar shared the information last evening after conclusion of special search operations against rebels in different parts of Lakhisarai. The operations had begun on June 30 with CRPF, CoBRA and STF personnel unearthing makeshift training camps on the hills near Barmasia Majhla Tola.

The documents, the SP said, contained details of the collection and expenditure for May 2014. It revealed that the rebels collect a fixed levy of Rs 10 crore for the Haldia-Barauni pipeline, which passes through Jamui and Lakhisarai districts of the Maoist stronghold. The rebels were directed to collect Rs 600 from each truck and Rs 50 from each tractor at the sand excavation points apart from Rs 2,000 per quintal of any mineral excavated or forest product, Rs 50,000 from each petrol pump and Rs 5 lakh from each brick kiln.