In the name of revolution, naxals are enriching themselves. The NIA conducted a major exercise at 15 different locations in order to crackdown on naxal funding. Raids were carried out at Ranchi, Hazaribagh and Jamshedpur.
The NIA statement states, “On 09.10.2018, NIA conducted searches at 15 locations in Jharkhand and West Bengal in connection with LWE Terror funding case. Fifteen teams of NIA assisted by Jharkhand police carried out searches at the residences and offices of managers of different companies associated with purchase and transport of coal in Amrapali and Magadh coalfields for their alleged role in providing funds to (banned) LWE organisation TPC (Tritiya Prastuti Committee).”
Naxals have given up on the idea of revolution, and are busy using gullible people to make money. The NIA raids have revealed a lot of details and discovered many routes through which funds were diverted to naxals. The NIA and ED both agreed that NGOs are greatly involved in channelizing the funds for the naxalites. The ED has pointed out that there is a rampant extortion racket in naxal affected areas. Many leading industrialists pay protection money to the naxalites. The ED has identified few industrialists who have paid extortion money to the naxalites.
The Maoists have been collecting approximately 140 crore every year. Huge amounts of money collected from extortion is diverted towards amassing personal wealth. Officials have told that intelligence agencies have tracked few alleged cases of funds being diverted by the Maoist leaders. After seizing some of the money and property, the home ministry has released a list. The list includes the names of Pradyuman Sharma, a member of the Bihar Jharkhand Special Area Committee (BJSAC) of CPI (Maoist) and he allegedly paid Rs 22 lakh in 2017 as tuition fee for his relative in a private medical college. The second name in the list is of a senior CPI (Maoist) leader from Bihar-Jharkhand, Sandeep Yadav, who allegedly exchanged Rs 15 lakh during the demonetisation drive in November 2016. The last name in the list is of a Naxal leader from Jharkhand, Arvind Yadav. He allegedly paid Rs 12 lakh fee for his brother to study in a private engineering college.
According to the One India report, in various raids, the security agencies have seized luxury vehicles, SUVs, huge amounts of cash, apartments, and several acres of lands. In a raid carried out at a location in Bihar, agencies seized more than Rs. 1.43 crore in cash, and 20 acres of land purchased with the extortion money was also seized. In an exercise carried out under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, two flats in Kolkata were seized by the security agencies. Many other buildings purchased through ill gotten money were also attached. All the looted money and money obtained through extortion racket was diverted into investments in land, property and other luxuries.
Properties and vehicles of naxal leaders and their family members were also seized in Bihar. Security agencies seized the land of Naxal leader Yamuna Mistri, Sunil Singh, and Arjun Singh in Bihar. The lands were bought through extortion money.
This is something that was suspected all along- a nexus of unethical businessmen, journalists and academicians running an extortion racket in the name of equality, at the expense of poor tribals. These raids expose the hypocrisy of Naxals and put a serious question mark on their intentions towards their revolution.