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`Maoists extorting from low-rung officials in Jharkhand`

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 19:26

Ranchi: The Jharkhand Government Tuesday
confirmed Maoists extorting money from low rung officials in
rural areas, even as CRPF chief Vijay Kumar suggested speedy
development in these places for curbing left wing extremism.

"Some Naxalites have been collecting levy from
development programmes. They take it from contractors. We also
got information from some areas that they (even) demand levy
from officials at various level," Jharkhand chief secretary A
K Singh told reporters here today.

The CRPF Director-General today met Home Secretary,
the state DGP, besides him to discuss about extremism, he
said.

"CRPF DGP also spoke to Superintendents of Police of
Naxal-hit districts and reviewed his forces deployed in the
state. He is of the view that development has a big role in
combating extremism and benefits should reach to common man,"
Singh said.

Kumar was told that development works were being done
expeditiously, the chief secretary added.

He, however, said that major success cannot be
achieved unless block development officers, circle officers
and doctors stay at their places of posting,
Asked whether BDOs and COs were still flouting even
after government`s recent directive, Singh said the officers
have started to stay.

"Now they have started to stay after clear
instructions have been given," Singh said.

Stating that the Centre had been giving huge funds,
much of which remain "unspent", he said the government was
determined to utilise the funds.

The presence of BDOs and COs was necessary, he added.

Refuting reports that the state`s surrender policy did
not evoke much response from Maoists, Singh said several
Naxalites had recently joined the democratic fold and changes
would be made in the policy if it was necessary.

About frequent Maoist killings in Khunti district, he
said securitymen were also achieving success, but it was a
long-drawn battle against the left wing extremism.

"Yesterday, security forces arrested Maoists and
police weapons were recovered at Ghatsila in East Singhbhum."

18 of the 24 districts in Jharkhand have been
officially announced as Maoist-hit areas.

PTI

First Published: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 19:26
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