FIR against JVM-P candidate for Maoist link

Last Updated: Saturday, July 2, 2011 - 20:53

Jamshedpur: On the direction of the
Election Commission, an FIR has been filed against Jharkhand
Vikas Morcha (Prajatantric) candidate Ajay Kumar after a rival
candidate complained of having an audio CD where Kumar is
purportedly "conversing with a Maoist leader" to garner votes
for Jamshedpur Lok Sabha bypoll.

Jamshedpur Senior Superintendent of Police Akhilesh
Kumar Jha said today that the FIR was filed late last night
with the Sakshi police station here.
Hitting back, Kumar filed a counter FIR against Saryu
Roy and BJP`s state unit president Dineshanand Goswami
accusing them of flouting the Indian Telegraph Act by taping
the conversation.

"How can they be sure that the person at the other end
was Maoist leader Samarji," he said.

Goswami was the BJP candidate, whose fate is now
locked in the EVM. The results will be announced on July 4.

In a press conference yesterday, Kumar had admitted
that the voice in the conversation with alleged Maoist leader
Samarji was his, but demanded a probe whether it was the real
Samarji or a fake caller.

"There was a miss call on my mobile, and when I
returned the call a voice from the other end identified
himself as Samarji, a senior leader of Jharkhand-Orissa border
Regional committee of the CPI (Maoist). There should be a
probe to ascertain whether the caller was the real Samarji,"
Kumar, a former IPS officer, had said.

He, however, dismissed the BJP`s allegations that the
JVM-P had sought help from the Maoists to get votes in the

The purported conversation was published in a local
newspaper yesterday, which prompted JVM-president Babulal
Marandi to demand a judicial probe into the expose.
Meanwhile, RJD`s Jharkhand unit president Girinath
Singh demanded a CBI probe into the whole issue as "the state
has been reeling under the left-wing extremism since its

"The people of the state have the right to know the
real faces of their politicians. Therefore, a CBI probe should
be ordered to expose which politicians have links with the
Maoists," he told newsmen in Ranchi.


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First Published: Saturday, July 2, 2011 - 20:53

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