Government sets up multi-disciplinary group to choke Naxal funds
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Government sets up multi-disciplinary group to choke Naxal funds

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New Delhi: Government has set up a multi-disciplinary group to initiate action to choke funding sources of Naxals. The group comprises officers from various central agencies and the state police departments, PTI quoted a home ministry official as saying.

It is headed by an additional secretary and has representatives from the Intelligence Bureau, Enforcement Directorate, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, NIA and the CBDT (Central Board of Direct Taxes) and the CBI, as also state intelligence departments and CID, the official added.

According to officials, the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) movement in the country is financed through a large network of dubious activities, which include illegal levy collected from private contractors including those involved in the execution of government works and schemes, mining contractors, transporters and owners of small and medium industries.

Similarly, funds are said to be garnered through collections from illegal stone crushing and distribution of Naxal ideology papers.

Meanwhile, Naxals have developed some lethal and crude ammunition like Rambo arrows, topped with gunpowder and improvised rocket bombs as part of their new armoury to be used on security forces, says a new report.

The report prepared by a joint security command on IED threats in Left Wing Extremism (LWE) hit areas said the Maoists have devised a smart way of concealing cr...

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