If you thought Maoists were mere strugglers fighting selflessly for the oppressed, here's something for you to ponder over.
Maoists may be adept at fighting in difficult terrain and living in the remotest areas, but when it comes to their families, they want the best.
Evidence to this effect has emerged with the arrest of Prabhavati Devi, wife of CPI (Maoist) central committee member Dev Kumar Singh alias Nishant alias Arvindji's wife.
A joint team of the special task force (STF) and the police in the south central Bihar district of Jehanabad, which recently arrested Prabhavati, found her in possession of Rs 27 lakh in cash.
The huge sum of money recovered from her came as a big surprise for the police team as Prabhavati is a mere angandwadi sevika in a Jehanabad village.
Jehanabad superintendent of police (SP) Harpreet Kaur said that during her interrogation, Prabhavati said the money found in her possession had been collected as 'levy' that the naxals extort from those carrying out commercial activity.
"Prabhavati said she was taking the money to Arvindji, her husband. It was also revealed that the huge cash recovered from her was meant for the purchase of explosives", the SP revealed.
But what came as an eye-opener for the police was Prabhavati's revelation about how well settled were the children she had with Arvindji, the Maoist operational in-charge of Jharkhand.
One of Arvindji's sons is an IITian, now doing business in a metropolitan city. Another son runs a coaching institute in Patna. One of his brothers runs a girls' hostel in Patna. A brother-in-law of the Maoist leader runs a taxi service while another is into building construction.
According to the police, Arvindji also controls a khatal (cow pen) in Patna, being run by a tribal woman who is wife of another Maoist leader who is currently lodged in Ranchi jail. Their son studies engineering in a private institute in Jaipur.
Police sources said Arvindji figured among the top 10 in the organisational hierarchy of CPI (Maoist) and had currently taken shelter in Garhwa area of Jharkhand, close to Bihar-UP borders.
Kaur further said that on November 14, 2009, the police had recovered three INSAS rifles, a huge cache of arms and ammunition and Maoist literature from the flat of Arvind's son, Rakesh Ranjan alias Prince, located in People's Cooperative Colony in Kankarbagh locality of Patna.