Three Maoists held for ‘levy’ demand from cycle factory

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patna
  • Updated: Jul 12, 2015 12:32 IST

With the arrest of four persons on Saturday, including three suspected Maoists, Hajipur police claimed to have cracked the case of ‘levy’ demand made from owner of Avon cycle factory at Hajipur. The North Bihar zonal committee of CPI (Maoists) had demanded Rs 15 lakh as ‘levy’ from owner of under construction Avon cycle factory on June 26.

The police seized revolutionary literature, laptop containing details of Maoists network, posters, firearms and cell phones from the possession of arrested persons. Following the directive of director general of police ( DGP) PK Thakur a special police team was constituted to probe the case.

Vaishali superintendent of police (SP) Rakesh Kumar told mediapersons that the cell phone which was used for demanding levy was issued on fake documents to a hardcore Maoist of Daulatpur by a youth Vikas Kumar.

“On being interrogated, Vikas disclosed that the cell phone number mentioned in the letter demanding levy was issued to a resident of Daulatpur, Amardas, who was a Maoist,” the SP said. When police raided the house of Amardas, many items, including a laptop, pistol, cartridges, Maoist literature and books were recovered.

The SP added that Gautam Kumar alias Vicky alias Powell, son of Amardas, was also arrested in this connection. “It was Gautam who had dropped the letter demanding levy at the cycle factory. The motorcycle on which Gautam had gone to the factory has also been recovered,” the SP said. He added that the third person arrested has been identified as Ram Bahadur Singh of Hajipur. Ram Bahadur was also associated with Gautam in Maoist activity.

The SP said Amardas was sent to jail a few years ago for being involved in Maoist activities.

The SP added that many files of audio and video footages on Maoist training camps running outside the state, names of many hardcore Maoists, video footage of Maoist-sponsored rallies were decoded from the seized laptop.

“The laptop would be sent to forensic lab to take out more information about Maoists’ activities,” Kumar said.

Other items seized from the Maoists were seven SIM cards, two cell phone sets and poster carrying names of many revolutionary leaders and Majdoor Kisan Janbadi Sabha.

The SP said video footage retrieved from laptop on training camps would throw light on many camps running in other states.

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