Nagpur: The Gadchiroli police last week picked up around 10 supporters of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) from different areas of south Gadchiroli for allegedly demanding extortion of Rs 70 lakh from a civil contractor.
An SLR magazine with 29 live 7.62mm cartridges, Based on the intelligence received, two loaded guns, and some Maoist organizations and pamphlets have been recovered from about 10 people who were arrested from Aldandi, Chandra, Yeramnar, and such places.
It has also been learned that Maoist supporters, The names of many of them have already been entered in police records as members of Area Rakshak Dal (ARD) and Gram Rakshak Dal (GRD), Who were threatening to give about 70 lakh rupees as ‘protection money’ to a civil contractor. So that the construction work of the bridge over the Bandiya river near Perimili in Aheri taluka should also continue in full swing.
On November 5, a gang of about 10-12 people abducted a manager at gunpoint from the construction site and then took him to the forests of Chandra and Rapella.
Police sources said the names of the accused were already mentioned
According to the manager, the kidnappers were dressed in olive green uniforms typically worn by Maoist guerrillas. He has also claimed that he had some firearms as well.
Also, after registering a case under the Extortion and Arms Act, the police of Gadchiroli have started an investigation.
Police sources also said that the names of the accused were already mentioned in the police records as Maoist sympathizers. We are also questioning them to know how they managed to get arms and ammunition, a senior official said.
The investigation is being done under the leadership of SP Neelotpal.