In a startling disclosure, an arrested member of CPI (Maoist) said apart from industrialists, contractors and traders, some legislators who had business interests in north Bihar were also paying ‘levy’ to the banned outfit.
Spilling the beans during his interrogation at Muzaffarpur, 71 km from state capital Patna, Musafir Sahni, a self-styled zonal commander of the Left wing extremist organisation, said at least 25 elected people representatives, including three legislators, had been paying levy to Maoists operating in north Bihar.
“All the three legislators named by Sahni are from south-western diara (sandbar) areas of Muzaffarpur district. One of the MLAs, Sahni claimed, had recently paid Rs 5 lakh as levy. The MLA runs a construction company which has been carrying out many railway projects, including doubling of Muzaffarpur-Kurhani railway track and lying of new rail line between Sahebganj and Vaishali on the proposed Sagauli-Hajipur route,” said a police officer, on term of anonymity.
Sahni was arrested along with two other CPI (Maoist) members from Ramnagar village in Sakra police station area of the district on May 11 night.
The police officer, who is part of the interrogating team, said Sahni was in-charge of entire north Bihar, apart from some areas of eastern Uttar Pradesh.
“Sahni has confessed to have been involved, along with his son Rohit, in many incidents of violence since joining Maoists in 1991. Rohit, is at present lodged in divisional jail at Hajipur, in neighbouring Vaishali district. Sahni also claimed that he has invested more than Rs 10 crore in real estate business in Vaishali district and many other places in India,” the officer added.
Muzaffarpur senior superintendent of police Vivek Kumar refused to comment on Sahni’s disclosures. He, however, said Sahni had disclosed names of some big personalities. “We are verifying his statement,” Kumar added.
“If Sahni is to be believed, the CPI (Maoist) has more than 25 sophisticated weapons, like AK-47. These weapons are used in major operations. When not in use, they are kept under the supervisions of few reliable members of the organisation,” the SSP said.