JAMSHEDPUR: The Chowka police in the adjoining Seraikela-Kharswan district had a trying time early on Thursday when they had to remove anti-establishment posters of the banned extremist outfit, CPI (Maoist), from a dozen odd places.
Chowka, which has not witnessed any major extremist engineered violence for the past several months, suddenly woke up to find posters and banners of the outfit demanding that the state government avoid assisting the ongoing anti-Maoist operation of the Union government, Green Hunt, among other things.
“Stop corruption in public welfare schemes”, “Stop polluting the land, forest and water of Jharkhand” and “Stop the exploitation of innocent tribals under the garb of industrial development” were some of the posters that were spotted at Chawri Bazaar, Panchayat Bhavan, Chowa High School, Gordi Lamps and Chowka Moar. Maoists are observing martyrs’ week from July 28 to August 3.
“In some places here, Maoist posters were found which were removed by the police,” said Chowka police station in-charge, R A Singh.
Although the police were quick to remove the posters and banners, they feel the influence of the dreaded Maoist commander, Kundan Pahan, is still very strong in the area.
“We suspect the posters were put up by the unidentified squad members of Kundan Pahan,” said a policeman.
As part of community policing and for safety and security, the Seraikela-Kharswan police had recently provided traditional arms to the members of the local vigilant group, Dalma Anchalik Suraksha Samity, (DASS), an anti-rebel outfit active in the Dalma hills of the district.
Kits containing a bow, 10 arrows, shoes, socks and torch were given to around 100 members of the group.