Denied ‘levy’, Maoists indulging in robberies in Jharkhand

Maoist guerrillas have “compromised with their ethics” and of late have started committing robberies as these days they are not getting adequate “levy” from people, police said on Monday.

According to the state police, five Maoist guerrillas from the outlawed People’s Liberation Front of India were arrested in Ranchi on Monday. During interrogation, the arrested Maoists revealed they were indulging in robberies to collect money.

“The arrested Maoists were involved in robberies that took place at a few places in Ranchi. As they are not getting adequate levy, they compromised with their ethics and took to robbery,” Ranchi Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kuldeep Dwivedi told reporters.

According to SSP Dwivedi, the head of the Maoist gang involved in robberies is Sultan — a People’s Liberation Front of India member.

The five Maoists were arrested during a robbery in Chanho block of Ranchi and several firearms were seized from them.

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