Essar channelised money to Maoists: Chhattisgarh

December 16th, 2011 - 7:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party Raipur, Dec 16 (IANS) The Chhattisgarh government admitted Friday that Essar Group had handed over Rs.15 lakh to a local contractor in the state to pass on to Maoist rebels.

“As per the first information report (FIR), Rs.15 lakh amount was provided from Essar company side to a contractor, B.K. Lala on Sep 9 to hand over to Lingaram Kodopi at a weekly market at village Palnar in Dantewada district,” Home Minister Nankiram Kanwar told the state assembly in a written reply.

He informed the house that so far, four people were arrested in the case and the state government had constituted a special investigation team (SIT) to speed up the probe and get to the bottom of the issue.

Kanwar said that besides Lala and Kodopi who were caught red-handed by police, two others — a tribal woman teacher, Soni Sori, and Essar general manager, D.V.C.S. Verma, who is posted in state’s Dantewada district — were arrested so far.

The opposition Congress staged a walk out from the assembly accusing the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of deliberately slowing down the police probe in a bid to defend Essar.

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