Maoists issue poster threat

GARHWA: Several posters written in red, blue and green ink were pasted on Friday night by the Maoist rebels at public places and government offices in Dandai and Chinia areas of the district asking the villagers, government officials and newly elected panchayat representatives to change their modus operandi.

A day before, the rebels also posted similar posters on the walls of Ranka and Ramkanda block offices, Ranka market, passenger shed, pramukh office and Udaypur bazaar of Ramkanda block. However, police removed all the posters.

“The panchayat elections have no meaning when the problems of the common masses have not been addressed,” a poster read. Another poster said the Maoists had carried out the killing of 11 police jawans in Latehar during “jana mukti chhapamar sena” week on December 3 to avenge the killing of Maoist leader Kateshwar Rao alias Kishanji who was killed in a police encounter in West Midnapur of West Bengal.

The posters have warned the Tritya Prastuti Committee (TPC) to stop its activities. The Maoists have called upon the villagers to oppose Operation Green Hunt. “Police should stop harassing common people in the name of Naxalites,” a poster read.

According to police, the Maoists resorted to poster war after being pushed to a corner by a series of successful security operations for the past one year.

“The Maoists are again trying to regroup in some parts of Garhwa district. They are using such tactics to spread their influence in the areas,” said a senior police officer adding that the rebels had waged a poster war in their efforts to garner villagers’ support apparently to consolidate their diminishing support base in the rural areas. Garhwa SP Michael Raj S said, “We have information that Maoists have been active in some parts of the district in a bid to consolidate their support base.” Police are aware of the recent activities of the Maoists.

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