Saturday, June 27, 2009

Two politicians held for links with Jharkhand Badshah

E xpress News Service First Published : 27 Jun 2009 10:40:56 AM ISTLast Updated : 27 Jun 2009 11:53:56 AM IST
ROURKELA: Rourkela police arrested two local politicians of Birmitrapur Assembly segment in Sundargarh district for their alleged link with inter-state extortion gang Jharkhand Badshah (JB).

A special police team nabbed Kuanrmunda block vice-chairman Shyam Sundar Sahu and his aide Madhusudan Das, husband of Majhapada sarpanch, in a mid-night swoop on Tuesday while Biswajit Bhagat, a member of Dalki gram panchayat, managed to flee.

The arrest came after three suspected JB members terrorised proprietor of BMP Construction B Murthy Pillai near Beldihi on Tuesday evening.

For the past couple of months Pillai was receiving extortion calls to dole out Rs 20 lakh which was later revised to Rs 10 lakh.

A case was registered with Brahmani Tarang police. The arrest of Sahu, a protégé of Birmitrapur Independent MLA George Tirkey, has triggered tension and George has termed the arrest a case of political vendetta.

Newly-appointed Rourkela SP Diptesh Patnaik said there is no iota of doubt about their link with JB adding police have adequate evidences against them. A fortnight ago three JB members, including local area head Lalan Khan, were held and a huge cache of arms and ammunition was seized.

The JB, believed to be headed by some Jharkhand-based disgruntled Naxalites, began to spread its tentacles in the district after killing young businessman Mohan Jaiswal at Raiboga on June 23. It targeted crusher and brick-kiln unit owners, contractors and other businessmen of Birmitrapur and Rajgangpur before extending its influence to mineral-rich Bonai sub-division of Rourkela Police District

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