Kolkata: The recent killing of top Maoist leader Molajula Koteswar Rao alias Kishenji has stirred up another controversy and this time for a different reason.

The death of Kishenji, who had a bounty of Rs 35 lakh on his head, has left the state authorities in an obfuscated condition. Even after the elimination of the dreaded Maoist leader, who will get the massive reward still remains a million dollar question?  

According to the sources, the West Bengal government is confused over finding the most palpable candidate amongst the two strong contenders— the villagers and the 207 Battalion Cobra Forces, who appear fit for holding the prize money on their respective fronts.  
Kishenji carried a cash reward of Rs 24 lakh on his head, but recently the bounty was raised to Rs 35 lakh by the Centre.

The government is in fix as both the parties have jointly played an active and important role in the killing of top Maoist leader who was wanted in plenty of heinous cases since past three decades.

While the villagers of Junglemahal provided the security personnel with all possible information about the slain leader, the battalion forces had successfully executed the entire operation.

However, the officials deny commenting over the issue but the selection appears to be tough for the administration as both the obvious contenders have jointly contributed in accomplishing the mission.

(JPN/Bureau)