Saturday, April 17, 2010

Cops ‘crack’ Naxal economics with ‘Kishenji’s laptop’

Madhuparna Das Posted online: Saturday , Apr 17, 2010 at 0254 hrs

Kolkata : Claim Maoists in the Bengal-Jharkhand-Orissa region have been given Rs 12.20 cr for this year

The Maoists operating in the Bengal-Jharkhand-Orissa region have been allocated Rs 12.20 crore for this year, of which 75 per cent is meant for expanding roots in Bengal, the police claimed citing information decoded from a laptop that was seized during a raid in a Lalgarh forest overa a month ago and which was believed to be used by top Maoist leader Kishenji.

The laptop, which was recovered from Metala forest in West Midnapore, was sent to experts for decoding of the files that has been done partially. A senior police officer said attempts were on to decipher more files in the laptop.

The police brass believes the Maoists have a huge annual turnover they manage from extortion money.

“According to reports of extortion cases, they collect more than Rs 100 crore from the three Naxal-hit districts in the state. The Rs 12 crore allocated would be spent only for paying their cadres, whole-timers and part-timers. The expenses on arms, explosives and electronic gadgets are much higher,” said West Midnapore SP Manoj Verma.

“The armed cadres in Lalgarh are paid at least Rs 10,000 per month. The amount increases with seniority. The full-timers are paid at least Rs 3000 per month as pocket money,” Verma claimed.

According to information available with the district police, contractors and those in wood business have to part with 70 per cent of what earn from every project and consignment to the Maoists. The government employees are also made to pay Rs 1,000 per month and the amount increases with their salaries.

According to the CID data, the state has 450 members of CPI-Maoists at present and there has been a 50 per cent increase in the membership in the last few years.

“The Kolkata City Committee, which was earlier considered to be a sleeping cell, has at present 100 members. Around 45 of them are underground and study at Jadavpur University and Presidency College. We have their names which cannot be divulged now,” said a senior CID official.

Abhishek Mukherjee, a Jadavpur University drop-out who was said to be injured in a gunbattle with security forces some time ago, is the secretary of the Kolkata City Committee, the official said, adding whole-times get Rs 3000 per month.

“If the families of the whole-timers appear to be needy, they are given financial assistance. Selected young whole-timers are provided with laptops by the party for connectivity and for storage of operational details and strategies,” added the official.

State DGP Bhupinder Singh said, “The Maoists have a peculiar theory of keeping a captive manpower. The ground-level cadres of the Maoists in the tribal villages are paid just sufficient to ensure them two square meals. If they rebel, the payment is stopped.”

Bengal watches UAV demo

West Bengal is one of the seven Naxal-affected states that have been invited by the Union home ministry to Chhattishgarh to watch the demonstration of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can be used to track Maoist hideouts. The state government has sent two of its officers for the demonstration that started on April 14 in the Dantewada region.

Maoist killed in Purulia

A Maoist was killed on Thursday night in a village at Bandwan block in Purulia district, said police. Manasha Ram’s bullet-ridden body was recovered from Dulukdi village. Though SP (Purulia) Rajesh Yadav said it was not possible to say who killed Manasha at this stage, sources said Maoists Resistance Committee could be behind the murder. Manasha was arrested in June 2006 for Gurpana police camp blast but he was later released on bail.

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