STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Rourkela, 25 October
Police have arrested three persons who allegedly used to terrorise businessmen and other persons and collected huge levy and extortion monies in the region.
Police said that the trio ~ Mr Rajendra Kusuma, his younger brother Mr Salindra Kusuma and Mr Dilip Tirky ~ allegedly identified themselves as members of People&’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI).
Incidentally, PLFI, though a notorious criminal outfit, allegedly poses itself as a Maoist organisation and collects money by spreading terror.
“We arrested the three persons on charges of posing as Maoists and collecting protection money from businessmen and others. The arrest was made in Raibaga area near Biramitrapur yesterday,” said superintendents of police (SP), Sundergarh Mr Sanjeev Arora, adding that the trio belongs to Rajgangpur area.
Mr Arora claimed that the police suspected them for wrongdoing and were keeping a watch on them for their alleged role in the extortion racket and were tracking their movement for sometime before nabbing them. Incidentally, police reportedly got the whiff of the trio&’s activities after the members of the original PLFI reportedly burnt down the house of Kusumas in August after coming to know about their practice of collecting money in their name.
According to reports, identifying himself as a Maoist, Rajendra had collected Rs. 50,000 from Bhimsen Soreng of his own village, Siliakuli last June. In similar fashion he had collected another Rs. 50,000 from Mariana Kiro the sarpanch of the same village.
In the month July, he allegedly collected Rs. 1 lakh from Prakash Kiro, a teacher, and also collected levy amount from some other persons. These incidents were reported at the Raibaga police station.