JAMSHEDPUR: Ahead of the two-day bandh call given by CPI (Maoist) in the bordering areas of three states, Odisha, Bengal and Jharkhand, the Ghatshila subdivision police have recovered posters and banners, allegedly put up by the rebels, demanding hike in kendu leaves procurement rate and support to the bandh call. The posters and banners were found in two different police station areas – Chakulia and Dhalbhumgarh. A banner put up on a tree at Bodamchati in Chakulia block asked for “level-playing field” so that the villagers trading in kendu leaves can earn enough. Kendu traders said last year also the Naxalites had put up such posters following which the villagers had earned good return on their produce.
In another instance, the Maoists also put up a banner at a place between Mahishadhar and Nuang villages in Dhalbhumgarh block appealing for comprehensive support to make the strike a success. The two-day bandh will come into effect from April 14 midnight. “Security in bordering areas is regularly being monitored. However, vigil has been intensified (ahead of the bandh),” said Ghatshila subdivisional police officer Naresh Kumar.