Mixed response to Maoist bandh call in Jharkhand

The 24-hour State-wide bandh called by Jharkhand Regional Committee (JRC) of CPI(Maoist) alleging the fake encounter killing of Maoist leader Kishanji evoked mixed response in the State.

No untoward incident was reported from any part of the State. Police headquarter had issued high alert orders in the Naxal affected districts and had asked them to remain vigilant during the bandh.

Jharkhand police spokesperson RK Mallick said heightened security arrangements were made across the State. “No untoward incident was reported from any part of the State. Markets and normal life in rural areas was disrupted,” he said.

Special focus was also laid on railway tracks and heightened security arrangements were seen in the trains plying in the State. However, the effect of bandh was seen more in mining areas. Labourers kept away from work and there was no mineral loading.

Coal loading work was disrupted in Latehar, Ranchi, Ramgarh, Hazaribagh, Chatra while Bauxite loading work was hampered in Lohardaga district. Iron ore loading was completely disrupted in West Singhbhum and goods train remained stranded at different stations under Chakradharpur rail division.

Rural markets in Khunti, Gumla, Simdega, Palamu, Ranchi, Bokaro, Giridih and other district remained closed.

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