A Maoist attack in Bihar's Aurangabad which cost a life, was the fallout of a deal with a BJP lawmaker - one to exchange banned currency notes to the tune of RS 5 crore after demonetisation two years ago, the rebels have claimed. On Saturday, Maoists attacked the house Rajan Kumar Singh, shooting his uncle and setting a number of vehicles on fire.
The posters they left behind claimed the lawmaker and his cousin were to help exchange banned notes. Rajan Singh received old currency to the tune of Rs 5 crore. Another 2 crore was left with his cousin.
But the leader did not hold up his end of the deal, the posters said. He had neither helped Maoists exchange notes, nor returned the money as promised.
Around 200 people attacked Mr Singh's house, set the house and around 10 vehicles on fire on Saturday. His 55-year-old uncle, Narendra Singh, was shot dead.
The lawmaker has denied the Maoist allegations. He also held the police and the state government responsible for the attack.
"The Maoist attack in the village is the result of mistakes of both the administration and the state government," he said.
"I had given an application to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the DGP for setting up a police station or at least a police outpost in the village, but no action has been taken. The administration and the state government are responsible for the incident," Mr Singh said.
The police did not rule out the alleged link between the politician and Maoists.
The sudden ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes by the government in November 2016 was done with the dual purpose of flushing out black money and stopping terror funding. Critics claim the exercise has failed on both heads.
(With inputs from PTI)
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