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Crackdown On Naxals Continue: Rs 1.43 Crore Cash, 20 Acres Of Land Seized

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| May 9 , 2018 , 10:44 IST

The security forces continued with their onslaught on Naxals, seizing more than Rs 1.43 crore in cash, 20 acres of land, vehicles, several buildings in Bihar and Jharkhand and 2 flats in Kolkata bought by Maoist leaders, officials said on Tuesday.

The confiscated cash included Rs 27.5 lakh seized from Prabhawati, the wife of late Naxal leader in Bihar, and Rs 25.15 lakh seized from Rohit, the son of Naxal leader Nandu Yadav in Jharkhand, reported PTI.

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The properties bought by extortion money in Bihar included 7 acres of land bought by Maoist leader Yamuna Mistri in Aurangabad, 2 acres bought by Naxal leader Arjun Singh in Jehanabad, 2.2 acres of land bought by Sunil Singh in Aurangabad. The 2 flats bought in Kolkata were bought by Maoist leader Santosh Jhar of Sheohar (Bihar).

The recent searches took place amidst reports of Maoist leaders shelling out massive amounts of money for personal purposes, such as seats in education courses for their children or for marriage of children.

On Monday, a member of Bihar-Jharkhand special area committee of the CPI (Maoists), Pradyuman Sharma was alleged of paying Rs 22 lakh for admission fees for his niece in a private medical college last year. Another senior leader Arvind Yadav allegedly paid Rs 12 lakh for his brother to study in a private engineering college.

The Home Ministry has already established a multi-disciplinary group to initiate action to choke funding sources of Naxals and is also initiating a process for creating a separate section of the NIA (National Intelligence Agency) to focus on left-wing extremism.