Balance sheets recovered in Narayanpur encounter show how Maoists successfully exchanged old notes during demonetisation.
Raipur: Maoist activities in Chhattisgarh continued even after the scrapping of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.
In a recent search, security forces in Abujhmar area of Narayanpur district of the state have managed to recover documents maintained by the Nelnar area janatana sarkar for 2016-17, which shows how demonetised notes of Rs 500 and Rs1000 were successfully exchanged by Maoists .
Jantana sarkar, a small Maoist group working in naxal prone Abujhmadh, has successfully converted the old notes of Rs 2 lakh after demonetisation was implemented.
These balance sheets were recovered in Narayanpur encounter, where six naxals were killed and the sheets mention their expenses in last one year, confirmed Anti-Naxal Ops DG DM Awasthi.
Awasthi said, "Balance sheet has been recovered in Narayanpur encounter, where six naxals were killed, mentions their expenses in last one year, also says they had 500s and 1000s when demonetisation took place. Naxals have converted old notes by creating pressure on innocent villagers and contractors working in naxal areas. It has also been noticed after demonetisation that security forces have more access to affected areas in Bastar.”
"During demonetisation, forces were very active and a lot of money was recovered. Naxals were not able to exchange much of it. Naxals threatened to kill people because of which people were forced to give them money," said Awasthi.
As per police data, the Chhattisgarh Police have seized more than Rs 1.05 crore banned notes across the Naxal hit state.