Chhatradhar Mahato, convener of the Police Santrash Birodhi Janasadharaner Committee (PSBJC) has a life insurance cover of Rs.1 crore. This was revealed during police interrogation following his arrest from the Lalgarh area on September 26.

West Bengal Director-General of police Bhupinder Singh told journalists at the State Secretariat that interrogations had also revealed his links with the Maoists and with some people in Kolkata from whom he had received funding. He also has properties in Orissa including a house in Mayurbhanj district of the State.

Mr. Singh said that the insurance cover was from private sector insurers, for which two instalments of premium was paid. He said the police had also come to know of at least five bank accounts, some of which some were in the PSBJC's name . Persons from the city had also kept in touch with him it was revealed, and until now a funding of Rs.1.5 lakh had been unearthed.

The police recently arrested another PSBJC leader Sukhsanti Baskey who is the treasurer of the Committee. He is also being interrogated.

CPI(M) leader and former parliamentarian Md. Salim said at the party secretariat that the premium of a policy of this order would be around Rs.5 lakh annually. "From a forest department worker, he has reached a stage where he can make such investments." Mr. Salim alleged that money had flown freely to Chhatradhar Mahato for destroying democracy in the State and for ousting the ruling government from West Bengal. He got money for killing and evicting CPI(M) supporters and leaders from their homes in the area, Mr. Salim said.

Mr. Singh said the police had come to know about at least five bank accounts, of which some were in the name of the PSBJC. Persons from the city had also kept in touch with him it was revealed, and until now a funding of Rs.1.5 lakh had been unearthed.

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