Saturday, March 06, 2010

BJP demands probe in Naxal-hit areas

Express News ServiceFirst Published : 06 Mar 2010 08:30:27 AM ISTLast Updated : 06 Mar 2010 12:39:56 PM IST

BHUBANESWAR: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today demanded a high-level probe by a central agency to determine the involvement of local Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leaders in the Naxalite-affected areas in ganja cultivation and the cut given to ultras from this.

The role played by the local police in this should also be probed, BJP State general secretary and spokesman Nayan Kishore Mohanty said in a statement here. Referring to the arrest of president of the Malkangiri district Biju Yuva Janata Dal (BYJD) and three others by the Uttar Pradesh Police at Lucknow with ganja worth over Rs 10 crore, Mohanty alleged that this has exposed the nexus between the Naxalites, local BJD leaders and the police.

Only a probe by a central agency can unearth the truth, he said.

Reiterating the allegation of the BJP that the BJD leaders have a clandestine understanding with the Leftwing extremists (LWEs), Mohanty said that the ultras are running a parallel administration in Malkangiri.

Alleging that local BJD leaders and Naxalites are involved in illegal ganja cultivation, he said that a large share of the money from this goes to them for funding their activities in the State.

The BJP leader criticised the district police for its lapse as a result of which ganja in such a huge amount could be smuggled out to Uttar Pradesh. He demanded a statement from the State Government and the police as to how the ganja laden truck could slip out from Malkangiri without the police knowing anything about it.

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