Hazaribagh (Jharkhand): The CPI(Maoist) has
been targetting marginal farmers, tribals and the poor,
besides collecting huge extortion money from construction
companies, Jharkhand police chief GS Rath said here on Tuesday.
"The so called ideology of the Maoists that they are
fighting for the cause of poor, the downtrodden and tribals
are hollow. They are now only collecting huge amount of levy
(extortion) from companies engaged in construction of roads,
bridges and other works," Rath told PTI here after visiting
Morangi where the Maoists had on Sunday razed 30 vehicles of a
The Maoists had reportedly collected over Rs ten crore
last year, the DGP said.
"In recent months, eighty per cent to 90 percent of the
Maoist crime was perpetrated against marginal farmers, tribals
and the poor. They are not loyal to the nation, but only to
money by way of collecting levy (extortion)," he added.
About the Morangi incident in which the Maoists set
fire to 30 vehicles of a road construction company, the DGP
said the Maoists were frustrated as the company shifted its
stone crusher plant to Morangi as the previous site at Daroo
village was located in forest, which was within their reach.
The DGP expressed displeasure at the company officials
for not seeking security from the administration after the
shifting of their camp, which would have prevented the loss.
"Had not the night patrolling police force from
Hazaribagh reached there the company would have lost the
entire camp and more costly machinery and mixing plant
installed for the construction work," Rath claimed while
praising Hazaribagh SP Pankaj Kamboj for reaching the spot in
the shortest possible time and take on the Maoist mite.
The DGP claimed that the Maoists responsible for the
attack have been identified and police would nab them at the
The DGP once again appealed to the Maoists to surrender
and join the main stream.
Over 25 naxalites from different extremist outfits had
last year surrendered before the police and availed the
benefits of a government`s surrender policy.