From THE TELEGRAPH (India):
Kingpin Vinay Tigga (32), a pastor with the Assembly of God Church at Kashipiri in Silli, had masterminded more than 10 robberies in the district in the last 10 months by posing as a Maoist. Eleven guns, a pistol, ammunition and camouflage outfits were recovered after the gang was busted.
Tigga did not accept his involvement in any crime, saying he "only wanted to terrorise those involved in the business of liquor". He claimed that his aides collected levy and committed robberies without his knowledge.
To be honest, as excuses go, it's not very convincing. But, as an Assembly of God minister, he's probably used to people believing any old rubbish.