Saturday, April 30, 2005

Politicians do make deals with Naxals?

Jharkhand IGP says Minister offered 25 lakh to Naxals
for poll win

MANOJ PRASAD Posted online: Saturday, April
30, 2005 at 0211 hours IST

RANCHI, APRIL 29: A month after the Arjun Munda
government returned to power amidst high drama in
Jharkhand, its Welfare Minister has been accused by an
Inspector General of Police of entering into a poll
pact with Naxals who control large swathes of
territory in the state.

R C Kaithal, IG (Operations and Law and Order), has
written to SPs of Naxal-infested districts, saying he
has information that Welfare Minister Ramesh Singh
Munda, who contested the Tamar Assembly seat
successfully—it was his second win—on a JD(U) ticket,
entered into a poll pact with Naxalites.

Kaithal’s April 7 letter stated that Munda had
contacted Naxals for their ‘‘help’’ during the polls
and had struck a deal, offering them Rs 25 lakh in
exchange for support.

According to the IGP, Rs 15 lakh was to be paid to the
Naxals before the election and Rs 10 lakh after the
seat was won.

Because ‘‘the Honorable Minister had not established
contact’’, the Naxals were now demanding Rs 50 lakh.

The Naxals, the IGP wrote, had become very active in
the Tamar area. ‘‘To create terror, they can
perpetrate any crime and even the ancestral house of
the Honorable Minister may be exploded. In this
regard, take appropriate action and inform the
undersigned,’’ Kaithal instructed the SPs.

Not many in Jharkhand are surprised. Kaithal’s letter
simply confirms what people have long suspected:
politicians, cutting across party lines, have been
turning to Naxals to secure votebanks and push their

But Munda is livid. ‘‘The IG’s move is part of a
conspiracy. I have no relations with Naxals.’’ He even
waved photocopies of the Assembly vote break-up:
‘‘See, in Naxal-controlled areas of my constituency, I
got very few votes.’’

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