Maoists are loyal only to money minted through extortion: DGP

Maoists are loyal only to money minted through extortion: DGP

"The so called ideology of the Maoists that they are fighting for the cause of poor, the downtrodden and tribals are hollow. They are now only collecting huge amount of levy (extortion) from companies engaged in construction of roads, bridges and other works," Rath told PTI here after visiting Morangi where the Maoists had on Sunday razed 30 vehicles of a construction company.

The Maoists had reportedly collected over Rs ten crore last year, the DGP said. "In recent months, eighty per cent to 90 per cent of the Maoist crime was perpetrated against marginal farmers, tribals and the poor. They are not loyal to the nation, but only to money  by way of collecting  levy (extortion)," he added.

About the  Morangi incident in which the Maoists set fire to 30 vehicles of a road construction company, the DGP said the Maoists were frustrated as the company shifted its stone crusher plant to Morangi as the previous site at Daroo village was located in forest, which was within their reach.

The DGP expressed displeasure at the company officials for not seeking security from the administration after the shifting of their camp, which would have prevented the loss.

"Had not the night patrolling police force from Hazaribagh reached there the company would have lost the entire camp and more costly machinery and mixing plant installed for the construction work," Rath claimed while praising Hazaribagh SP Pankaj Kamboj for reaching the spot in the shortest possible time and take on the Maoist mite.

The DGP claimed that the Maoists responsible for the attack have been identified and police would nab them at the earliest.

The DGP once again appealed to the Maoists to surrender and join the main stream.
Over 25 naxalites from different extremist outfits had last year surrendered before the police and availed the benefits of a government's surrender policy.