MOTIHARI/PATNA: The East Champaran district police were caught napping once again as suspected Maoists attacked three trucks and set them ablaze after pouring petrol on them on New Delhi – Kolkata NH-28 near Dumariaghat under Dumariya police station in the wee hours of Monday during the one-day Tirhut and Saran division bandh call given by them. The Maoists also set afire three vehicles including a bus in Vaishali district.
A high alert had been sounded across East Champaran district in view of the bandh call given by the north Bihar Maoists Zonal committee in Tirhut and Saran divisions on Monday to protest alleged atrocity on a woman Maoists in Sitamarhi jail. The trucks were on way to Gopalganj. The police have registered a case against unknown persons. DSP of Chakiya said raids are on to nab the Maoists. The bandh call evoked mixed response in East Champaran district. There was little impact of bandh in western parts of the district.
In view of the spurt in criminal and Maoists violence in the district, the SSB has stepped up patrolling along the Bihar-Nepal border and keeping watch on the movement. DSP, Sikrahna, J N Chaudhary said the border area has been put under surveillance. Maoists set ablaze three vehicles including a bus at two different places in Vaishali district late in the wee hours on Monday.
Police said Maoists intercepted a bus carrying a ‘baraat’ party at village Asatpur Satpura on NH-77 under Bhagvanganj police station at around 1.30 am. The bus had come to Bhagwanpur in Vaishali district from Sitamarhi and was returning to Sitamarhi when it was stopped by the Maoists. They asked the ‘baraat’ party members to get down from the bus and then set the vehicle afire. Police said the Maoists also set ablaze a truck there on the spot.
Sadar SDPO Ashok Prasad said the Maoists left three pamphlets on the spot demanding that Sitamarhi jail superintendent should be hanged for his alleged atrocity against a woman Maoist in jail. He said the pamphlets also demanded political prisoner status to the arrested Maoists in jails.
The SDPO said the same group while retreating set ablaze a dumper at Parmanandpur under Lalganj police station in the district. He said the dumper was returning after unloading sand from Fakuli when it was intercepted by the Maoists. The SDPO said the district police have launched a massive combing operation to nab the Maoists.