Saturday, April 30, 2005

Letter claims minister struck deal with Naxalites

Ranchi, Apr 30: A minister in the Arjun Munda cabinet today sought a probe into a letter purportedly written by a senior police official that he (minister) was facing the wrath of Naxalites for reneging on a pre-election deal that he would pay them Rs 25 lakh -- Rs 15 lakh before and the rest after winning the state assembly election from the Tamar seat.

The purported letter written by a police officer in the rank of IG was published in a Hindi daily here.

"I am shocked and surprised by a letter written by a senior police officer published in a newspaper this morning. I condemn the charges levelled against me with the motive of finishing off my political career," Welfare Minister Ramesh Singh Munda told a press conference here.

According to the letter, the minister's security needed to be beefed up as he had paid Rs 15 lakh to the Naxalites, but had not contacted them after he won, which had led them to demand Rs 50 lakh or else threaten to blast his paternal property in Tamar.

Demanding a high-level probe, Munda said it should be investigated how confidential letters from the police files were sometimes leaked. He had also sought an appointment with the Chief Minister and the Director General of Police S M Caire.

If the contents of the letter were true, he said, "I am surprised that the police did not question me."

Stating that he did not have any paternal property, Munda said "as far as the Naxal threat to my life is concerned, it has existed since my first tenure as a minister (in 2002).

Bureau Report

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