Friday, June 12, 2009

Extortion cloaked in Maoist garb

ROURKELA, 11 JUNE: Police claim to have arrested three anti-socials who had allegedly practiced extortion in the guise of Maoists, at Bonai in Sundargarh district today.
The trio, identified as Lal Khan from Gaya in Bihar, Kanti Bhoumik and Bhoumik of Bonai area, Sundargarh district, were allegedly involved in a number of crimes including the attack on the house of the then MP and BJP national vice-president Mr Jual Oram a few months ago.
“The trio has admitted their role in the attack on Mr Oram’s house in February,” SP Mrs Santosh Bala said. It may be recalled that a group of armed men had barged into Oram’s house in Sundargarh district on 13 February, firing several rounds and holding the family hostage for nearly half-an-hour. They escaped in a vehicle when hundreds of villagers gathered around the house.
Police have seized a gun, five pistols, several rounds of ammunitions, detonators, two stolen motor cycles and cash from their possession.
The criminals allegedly threatened businessmen, especially brick kiln owners and industrial houses, in order to extort money, besides indulging in various other criminal activities in Orissa and Jharkhand, police sources said. ;sns

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