In a revelation that has Jharkhand cops looking afresh at the foreign links of outlawed Maoists, top CPI (Maoist) leader Rajesh Kumar Sinha alias Udaiji has told interrogators that he has a girlfriend based in the UK.
A member of the Bihar-Jharkhand-North Chhattisgarh Special Area Committee of the CPI (Maoist), Udaiji carried a reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head. Captured by the Ranchi police from an apartment flat in the posh Lower Burdwan Compound in the city on Wednesday, he has told cops he is "emotionally attached" with his girlfriend whom he met four years ago and who works for a social organization.
Denying that he ever went on an overseas travel, the rebel leader told cops he has dated the woman in her 30s at least thrice in different parts of the country, including once in Delhi.
"Udaiji holds a masters degree in Economics from Patna University and speaks fluent English. Befriending the English woman might not have been a difficult task for him," a police officer associated with the interrogation said and added the rebel leader claimed to have given an Indian name, Jhanvi, to his love interest.
Udaiji, who had been in constant touch with Jhanvi through the internet, also told cops that the Maoist ideology fascinated his woman and she had expressed willingness to mobilise support for the rebels in the UK's civil society.
Udaiji's interrogators are now quizzing him on whether or not he secured funds from the UK for the Maoist movement. "We are also scanning his email accounts, blogs and chat history as well as bank accounts to cross-check his confessions," another police officer said.
Udaiji has two daughters. One of them has done BTech from a Ludhiana engineering college while the other recently finished her plus two. His younger brother works in the United States while his elder brother works with the finance department of Bihar government. Udaiji himself once aspired to join civil services, but could not crack the exam.
Police officials describe Udaiji as a prized catch who was the mastermind behind most of the Naxalite attacks in Jharkhand, Bihar and parts of Chhattisgarh. He gave police the slip several times even though he extensively moved in the three states, said a cop who was tracking him for the last two years.
Ranchi SSP Praveen Singh refused to divulge details of the disclosures made by Udaiji. "He has made several astonishing, serious and new revelations," the SSP told TOI on Saturday.
The Times of India