Bhaskar News | Last Modified - Sep 20, 2011, 01:48 AM IST
Jagdalpur/Raipur: The police has issued a notice to the Essar Group for its alleged payment of protection money to Maoists. Based on the statement of arrested contractor BK Lala, the police has sought answers from the company over 17 contentious points.
SP Ankit Garg told Bhaskar News that police investigation has revealed several questionable transaction of money concerning the company. The disclosures have made it necessary for the police to quiz the Essar officials.
Notice to Vice President
Garg said that Essar’s Vishakhapatnam office has been asked to inform the company’s vice president Babu to the reply to the police’s query as soon as possible. Apart from that the group’s head office has also been asked to table other important documents.
Recently, WikiLeaks had revealed that the Ruias-led Essar Group, which has mining interests in Chhattisgarh, pays a ‘significant amount’ of protection money to Maoists to safeguard its operations in the state.
"A senior representative from Essar, a major industrial company with large mining and steel-related facilities in Chhattisgarh, told Congenoff (Consul General Office) that the company pays the Maoists 'a significant amount' not to harm or interfere with their operations," a cable dated January 11, 2010, originating from the US consulate in Mumbai and released by WikiLeaks, said.
"When the Maoists occasionally break this agreement and damage Essar property or threaten personnel, Essar sets different Maoist groups against each other to suppress the situation,” the leaked cable stated.