Security beefed up in Maoist-hit districts, cops take out flag march
VARANASI: Massive combing and area dominance operation was conducted in Maoist-affected districts of the region following the red alert sounded in the state in wake of Independence Day. In city, the police carried out flag march in different localities and conducted checking drives on Wednesday. Security forces have been on the alert following blowing of tracks in Aurangabad/Gaya district of Bihar under Mughasarai division of Railways, and the killing of a man in Chandauli by group backed by the Maoists. IG, zone, GL Meena on Wednesday said that level of alertness has been enhanced in wake of Independence Day celebrations.
He said that strict vigil was being maintained at inter-state and inter-district borders. The Maoist-affected districts, including Chandauli, Sonebhadra and Mirzapur, share borders with Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. Apart from Maoist-infested districts, the police and paramilitary forces were on the alert in Varanasi. While SP city Rahul Raj led a flag march in mixed populated and sensitive areas on the eve of Independence Day, massive checking drives were undertaken across the city. The cops also checked hotels, lodges, inns, malls, bus stands, railway stands and other places of public gathering while anti-sabotage, bomb disposal and dog squads were also deployed at various spots.
Cops tighten security after IB alert about rebel attack
RANCHI: Jharkhand police have tightened its security after the Centre’s intelligence bureau issued an alert about possible Maoist attack in the state during Independence Day celebrations. An encounter between the rebels and cops was reported in West Singhbhum district on Tuesday. The Reds observe Independence Day as black day and there is a probability that they will launch a major attack.
The forces have been asked to be on high alert along the borders of the state which report frequent movement of the rebels. All the crowded places are under 24X7 vigil of the security personnel. DGP Rajiv Kumar said, “I have forwarded the letter received from the intelligence bureau to all the SPs. The letter contains specific information about the Maoists’ nefarious designs.” Sources in the police department said the IB has said there has been a massive mobilization of rebels by the Maoist leaders in Bihar’s Gaya and Aurangabad districts. The rebels might strike at places which share the border with Jharkhand, the IB letter has warned.
This apart, the IB letter has specifically warned the ultras might attack railway lines in Dhanbad and Giridih districts. The railways have also been told about the alert. “The SPs of all the districts, through which major railway lines pass, have been asked to maintain vigil at these places,” said Kumar. The state police have also increased security cover for politicians who would be hoisting the tri-colour in the Left-wing extremism-hit areas. A total of 18 districts in Jharkhand are affected by rebel atrocities. These are the places where generally MLAs and MPs hoist the national flags.
On Tuesday the district police combed the Ranchi railway station. Bomb disposal squads and sniffing dogs were brought to the scene. Passengers were also frisked. Security has already been beefed up at the airport. At the bus terminuses in the state capital, too, policemen were seen on their toes on Wednesday. Police have tighetened security particularly at temples across the state. “At Baidyanath Dham and other temples security has been beefed up,” said Kumar. Meanwhile, including Ranchi every other district has made preparations for Independence Day celebrations. CM Hemant Soren will hoist the tri-colour at Ranchi’s Morhabadi Ground on Thursday.
While the Independence Day celebrations in Odisha’s major towns and cities were observed amidst tight security, the red rebels took liberty to unfurl Black Flags in certain left wing extremist (LEW) infested districts including Malkangiri. The rebels reportedly unfurled black flags at Pansaput village under Chitrakonda black of Malkangiri while Maoist ultras hoisted black flag near a college at Kalimela town in the district.
“The police immediately removed the black flag hoisted at Kalimela,” a senior police officer said. Similarly, reports of black flag being flown in other districts were also received, sources said, adding that the Maoists had given a call to boycott Independence Day celebration in the state. Adequate security arrangements have been made in all the sensitive and border districts besides major towns, said Director General of Police Prakash Mishra.