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Mahato's confession confirms flow of funds against Left
Maoists had killed at least 88 local leaders, mostly belonging to CPI(M) since June 19, when the joint forces started an anti-Maoist operation at Lalgarh and surrounding areas. No Trinalmool Congress leaders or activists are included in this number.

THE REVEALATION by Maoists sponsored People's Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) leader Chhatradhar Mahato only indicates towards mobilisation of huge funds to destabilize West Bengal and retard its growth by toppling the ruling Left Front.

“It’s only a tip of the ice berg. We are checking everything. We hope to track down the source of funds soon,” a senior police official said.
As per his reported confession in police custody, Mahato has a life insurance policy worth Rs 1 crore in the name of his minor son. He has also recently bought a house in Jharkhand and in Orissa's Mayurbhanj. Besides, he used to receive regular funds from 'intellectuals’ in Kolkata.
The senior police official said Mahato had also confessed that he and his PCPA used to extort money from the vehicles passing through Jangalmahal, government employees, teachers and contractors.
A CPI(M) leader alleged that funds from both within the country and outside had been mobilised since Nandigram days with an ulterior motive to destabilise the state, especially the industrial development.
“On the basis of our success in agriculture we wanted to march ahead with more industrial projects to generate more employment for the educated and skilled masses of the state. But secessionist forces, money rich vested interests and some opposition parties joined hands to foil our efforts for development. It started with Nandigram, continued in Singur and led to the troubles in Lalgarh or the Jangalmahal,” the leader pointed out.
Not only the CPI(M) but also industrialists like Ratan Tata had earlier alleged flow of funds from vested quarters to stall his Nano project at Singur. Tata even reiterated that he had positive information about funds to stall his Nano project on a number of occasions during and after the Singur trouble.
Policemen in the guise of Journalists of a foreign news channel arrested Mahato from his hideout near West Midnapore's Kantapahari on Saturday. It was a major breakthrough for police, who have been fighting a long battle in the Jangalmahal. Mahato was instrumental in spearheading the Maoist-backed movement that kept police out of Lalgarh for months.

Mahato, a Class XII pass out, is a dealer in saal leaves and has an ancestral property in Amliya village of Lalgarh. His annual income was reportedly not more than Rs 2 lakh.
"Mahato has disclosed that he has received a donation of Rs 1.5 lakh from some individuals from Kolkata. He has named several people who funded the PCPA. The PCPA started off with these donations and then went on to extortion. It has accounts in several banks," the police official said.
He said Mahato was the main link between the Maoists and Trinamool Congress as he had close proximity with Mamata Banerjee and Maoists leaders like Kishanji and Bikash on the other.
Maoists had killed at least 88 local leaders, mostly belonging to the CPI(M) since June 19, when the joint forces started an anti-Maoist operation at Lalgarh and surrounding areas. The victims do not include a single activist or leader from the Trinamool Congress and the Congress.
The alliance of the Congress and the Trinamool Congress won the majority of seats in the state in the last Lok Sabha elections and plans to capture power in 2011 Assembly elections in West Bengal. Trinamool Congress is the largest partner of the Congress in the UPA, which is currently ruling the country.


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