Monday, December 05, 2005

Jharkhand engineer accused of Maoist links

Monday December 5 2005 15:49 IST

RANCHI: In a sensational revelation, a top police official in Jharkhand has accused a government engineer of having links with Maoist guerrillas.

Superintendent of Police (SP), Gumla district, Murarilal Meena said in a report to the state police headquarters that Nirmal Kumar Tewary, a junior government engineer, has been working as a convener of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) for the last few years.
His report further said: "The junior engineer manages levy for the Maoists and deposits it in their fund. On Maoists' directives, he gives orders to contractors."
"Meena's report is based on statements by some arrested activists of CPI-Maoist. We have forwarded the report to the home department," a police official told IANS.

He ruled out the possibility that Tewari could have been under pressure from Maoists and said he was using his links to terrorise officials of the district.

The Gumla district administration has constituted a probe to look into the charges against Tewary, who is yet to be suspended.

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