Shopkeeper held for attempting to provide high-quality rice and explosives to Maoists: police


A grocer aged round 50 years was arrested Wednesday in Maoist-affected Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar area for allegedly attempting to provide 2,500 kg of Neelkanth scented rice, explosive supplies, pamphlets and Maoist literature to the left-wing extremists.

In keeping with police, they acquired an intelligence enter that Nirmal Jumde, of Cherpal village, was in contact with a senior Maoist cadre. He allegedly acquired cash every week in the past to provide the fabric to the cadres of the West Bastar division of the banned CPI (Maoists).

Jumde purchased the rice from the Bijapur market and as a substitute of taking it to his store, he allegedly took it additional deep contained in the forest within the Gangaloor space. The plan was to hold the fabric in a truck first and later in a smaller car to the hidden Maoist stronghold, in keeping with police.

He’s additionally alleged to have carried explosives given to him by one other Maoist.

“Jumde’s function was to provide it to a different Maoist deep contained in the forest, however we caught him and seized the fabric. The lower-rung cadres eat regular PDS rice and the high-quality rice is supposed for senior cadres,” mentioned a police official.

Police mentioned they seized 100 sacks of rice, eight detonators, 10 gelatin sticks, a two-metre wire, 100 Maoist pamphlets and literature from Jumde. The explosives are used for making IEDs.

Police sources mentioned Jumde may need dedicated the crime both beneath stress or as a result of Maoists had supplied him greater than the market value.

An FIR has been registered in opposition to Jumde beneath sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Explosive Substances Act. He was remanded in judicial custody by a court docket in Dantewada.


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