NEW DELHI: A separate wing set up under the National Investigating Agency (NIA) to probe funding of Naxals has claimed that the money extorted by these home-grown rebels are being pumped into real estate companies.
The report further states that the Naxals are investing the extortion money into the real estate firms through their trusted agents who have been former cadres.
These real estate agents invest money into their business and return it to the Maoist when needed.
In its report, the special wing of the NIA claimed that the extorted money is also being used for the higher education of the children of top Naxal leaders.
It may be recalled that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had recently formed a dedicated wing to check the funding of Naxals, which is said to be over Rs 125 crore.
The NIA report, accessed exclusively by Zee News, has revealed that the Naxals groups have been extorting money from individuals as well as business houses.
Their main source of funding is extortion from the tendu patta (leave) contractors and levy from businessmen and corporate houses.
A case registered by Jharkhand Police in November 2016 and, later by NIA this year, had revealed the modus operandi of the Naxals.
According to the NIA report, the extorted money is first deposited in bank accounts of some bogus shell companies and, from there, it is transferred to bank accounts of family members of the Naxal leaders.
The NIA investigation into the killing of former Jharkhand MLA Ramesh Singh Munda revealed that the Naxalites, who were involved in the crime, also looted a cash van in 2008 and decamped with Rs 5 crore in cash and gold.
The Naxals collected Rs 5 crore for killing Ramesh Singh from his rival and distributed Rs 22 Lakhs to different platoons towards their monthly expenditure.
They also purchased one vehicle for their group from the money.
In one such case, it came to light that the members of Tritiya Prastuti State Committee (TSPC) – a Maoist splinter group – used to extort money from big Coal traders.
TSPC reportedly charged Rs 40 per ton of coal production, which is collected through committee operatives or directly by the conduit of the power company.
This money is primarily used by TPSC leaders for investment into the real estate business.
Ayodhya on high alert following intelligence inputs
Ayodhya: Amid VIP movements, Ayodhya has been put on high alert soon after intelligence inputs indicated a possible terror attack in the city.
“We have put more force into action. The force has been alerted. Also, intelligence officials in the civil dress have come here. They are checking all hotels, restaurants and railway stations. The police force is vigilant and keeping a track of all the movements,” Anil Kumar Sisodia, Superintendent of Police City, told ANI.
This comes ahead of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s visit to Ayodhya on Sunday along with his party MPs.
According to reports, the security has also been heightened keeping in mind the hearing on 2005 Ram Janmabhoomi attack on June 18.
Seven died while cleaning hotel sewer in Vadodara
Vadodara: Seven persons, including four sanitation workers, died due to asphyxiation on Saturday while cleaning sewer of a hotel in Gujarat’s Vadodara district, officials said.
The incident happened at a hotel in Fartikui village in Dabhoi tehsil, about 30 km from Vadodara city. Three employees of the hotel were also among those killed.
“When one sanitation worker failed to come out of the manhole, others went inside. All of them died due to asphyxiation,” district collector Kiran Zaveri told PTI.
Manmohan retires from Rajya Sabha
New Delhi: For the first time in 28 years, former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s name ceased to be part of the list of members of the Rajya Sabha on its Web site, and was included in the list of former members of Parliament.
With the Congress lacking the numbers in the Assam legislature to ensure his re-election, 86-year-old Dr Singh retired from the Rajya Sabha.
Dr Singh, then finance minister in the P V Narasimha Rao government, had debuted in the House on October 1, 1991, from Assam and represented the state for five consecutive terms. He was the leader of the House during his 10 years as PM, and leader of the Opposition from 1998 to 2004.The former PM would now need to wait for the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, an ally of the Congress, to send him to the Rajya Sabha next month or until the next biennial elections in the Upper House in April 2020 when 54 MPs retire.
Five Rajya Sabha members from Tamil Nadu retire in July. The DMK, along with its allies, has the strength in the state legislature to get at least three elected to the Rajya Sabha. It has promised one seat to MDMK chief Vaiko.
However, sources said the DMK and the Congress have not had any discussions on the issue.
The Congress could also hope to send Dr Singh to the Upper House from Gujarat if elections to fill the two vacancies from the state take place together.
The vacancies are on account of two Bharatiya Janata Party Rajya Sabha members from Gujarat, Amit Anilchandra Shah and Smriti Zubin Irani, being elected to the Lok Sabha. Shah has debuted in the Lok Sabha from Gandhinagar while Irani is the Lok Sabha member from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.
The Congress’s numbers in the Gujarat assembly would ensure the party wins one of the two seats, the other going to the BJP, if elections to the two seats are held jointly.
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