After making swift progress in the J&K terror funding case, the National Investigative Agency (NIA) is now investigating a Naxal funding case.
In August, the brother and business partner of top CPI (Maoist) leader Sudhakar were caught in Jharkhand with over Rs. 37 lakh worth of cash and gold.
An NIA team will be dispatched to Jharkhand to probe the case.
In August, Ranchi police arrested CPI (Maoist) leader Sudhakar's brother B Narayan and his business aide Satyanarayana Reddy.
They were caught ferrying cash worth Rs. 25 lakh and half a kilo of gold biscuits reportedly meant for Sudhakar's family in Telangana.
Narayan's PAN card and Reddy's Aadhaar card helped the police arrest them.
The NIA will probe Sudhakar's close associates and all his properties.
"Sudhakar, who is a central committee member of CPI (Maoist) was sent to Jharkhand two years back to revive the sagging morale of its members," ADG (operations) R.K. Mallick told the Telegraph on September 1, 2017.
His influence extends on the Koyal Sankh Zone, the last bastion of CPI (Maoist) Naxals in Jharkhand, comprising of the Palamau, Garhwa, Latehar, Lohardaga, Gumla, and Simdega districts.
The NIA will investigate an inter-state module of the CPI (Maoist) running through Jharkhand and Telangana.
Sources believe Sudhakar has been extorting money from businessmen involved in mining, road construction and other more in Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Odisha's forested areas.
Sudhakar has also allegedly collected levies from Jharkhand's Koyal Sankh Zone for what sources consider will be his personal retirement plan.
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