A local court on Monday remanded in judicial custody four persons, including the General Manager of Essar Steel and two Naxal conduits till October 31 for allegedly funding the ultras in Dantewada area of Chhattisgarh.
Dantewada district police officials told PTI over phone that the Essar GM DB CS Verma, contractor BK Lala and Naxal conduits Lingaram Kodopi and Soni Sori were remanded in judicial custody till October 31.
Among the four accused, Kodopi has been sent to Dantewada District Jail while Verma, Lala and Soni are lodged in Jagdalpur Central Jail, they said.
Meanwhile, sources said Verma and Lala have been admitted in Jagdalpur jail hospital after they complained of chest and leg pain respectively.
Verma became the third person to be apprehended by the state police who had arrested Kodopi and Lala on September 9 for allegedly giving money to Maoists groups in return for 'protection' for its pipeline.
The alleged conduit Soni Sori was nabbed from Delhi on October 4.
Police have registered a case under section 121 of IPC (waging war against the state) and other sections of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in this connection.
Essar had, however, refuted the allegations of making payments to Maoists groups.
Soni had claimed innocence accusing the police of implicating her in the case.