BJP district VP arrested for supplying goods to Naxalites

Along with his another associate Ramesh Usendi

Dantewada, Jun 14: The urban network of Naxalites has been busted after BJP’s district vice president Jagat Pujari was arrested for supplying goods to Naxalites. At the same time, another accused Ramesh Usendi has also been arrested. According to the information given by the police, the BJP District Vice President Jagat Pujari used to supply goods to the Naxalites and this process was going on for the last about 10 years. Jagat and Ramesh Usendi have been arrested along with a tractor purchased for the Naxalites on Saturday. It needs to be mentioned here, Dantewada district vice president Jagat Pujari is the son of Dhaniram Pujari, a former MLA from Dantewada.
According to the information, Ajay Alami, an active Maoist of Indravati Area Committee, had given Rs 4 lakh to Ramesh Usendi to buy the tractor. Ramesh was informed that Jagat Pujari would help him in purchasing the tractor. On June 12, Ramesh and Jagat bought a new tractor from the showroom as per the order of Naxalite commander Ajay Alamy. While Ramesh Usendi was returning after purchasing the same tractor, Ramesh Usendi he was nabbed the police.
During interrogation by the police, Ramesh admitted that he used to supply goods to the Naxalites along with Jagat Pujari. He was returning after purchasing tractor for Naxalite Ajay. After the name of Jagat Pujari surfaced in the case, the police have now arrested Jagat Pujari, who is the district vice president of BJP. The police have registered FIRs and arrested both of them.
He confessed to his involvement in supplying various materials to the senior Maoist cadres in the region in the past, police said.
Apart from the tractor-trolley, some other agriculture equipment meant for Naxals were also recovered from the possession of the two accused, he said.
“Mobile phone intercepts of Pujari also suggest that he had been in contact with Maoists since the last several months,” the SP said.
They were booked under provisions of the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act, 2005, Pallava said, adding that further investigation into the matter is underway.
The SP said that Maoists have been facing a crisis of ration and other essentials since the coronavirus-induced lockdown was imposed in March this year, which hit their supply chain.
They might have decided to cultivate paddy in interior forests and therefore, had planned to procure tractor and other farm implements, he added.
Meanwhile, BJP’s district president Chaitram Attami said that party’s senior state leaders have been informed about the development and they will decide on the action to be taken against Pujari at the party level.
Pujari had been appointed as the district vice- president around five years ago. However, as no fresh appointment to the post was made after completion of his tenure, he was still holding the position, he said.

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