Strike hits normal life in Manipur
IMPHAL, NOV 22: Normal life was partially affected in Manipur by a general strike called by underground Maoist Communist Party (MCP) in protest against alleged allocation of land for the erection of wooden border fencing in undemarcated areas along the Indo-Myanmar border in Chandel district. Markets, shops and business establishments were closed in different areas of the state capital, but they were open in the outlying areas, officials said. Transport services between Manipur and neighbouring states were cancelled in view of the strike which began from midnight last night. Reports from the districts said that life was normal, although transport services between Imphal and the district headquarters were cancelled.
Cops to ensure workers’ safety
HAZARIBAG: With a view to restart the construction work of the 20-Km long Gomia-Bishnugarh highway that is set to connect Hazaribag to Bokaro, two Maoist-hit districts, police here have decided to set up temporary security camps between Gomia and Bishunugarh to ensure safety of the construction workers. SP Manoj Kaushik said he has zeroed on the areas where police will set up its temporary security camp for instilling confidence amongst the panicky workers who fled on the night of November 7-8 when about 100 Maoists attacked the camp site of the Dhanbad-based construction company and set ablaze equipment and vehicles parked there.
The SP said: “This is one of the important road links between the two red belts and we cannot allow the construction work to come to a halt for alleged non-payment of levy to the CPI(Maoist) activists as it will send an wrong signal to the people and the rebels operating in the region”. The SP said he has visited the area and conducted raids to nab the culprits responsible for disturbing peace in the area and also reviewed the present situation here. On the fateful night of November 7, Bishnugarh OC Rameshwar Ram failed to contain Maoist attack on the camp site despite prior warnings by the SP. Four staff of the company were critically injured in the attack and had to be hospitalized at a Dhanbad hospital for treatment.
EVMs in strongrooms to avert Maoist ambush
RAIPUR: EVMs — which will decide the fate of candidates on December 8 — have been placed under a three-tier security to avert Maoist ambush. As many as 300 personnel have been deployed on the premises of Sejbahar’s government engineering college, where electronic machines of the Raipur district are kept in strong rooms under the surveillance of 35 cameras. More than 300 CRPF and BSF jawans will provide round-the-clock security, not allowing anyone to enter the strong rooms, police sources said adding that the security would be tightened and increased on the D-day.
The machines of seven Vidhan Sabha assemblies have been kept in different rooms, which are being monitored from the police control room. “It is usually said that people fiddle with EVMS after polls. This is the reason police have tightened security so that no allegations are made by any political party. No one can even venture around the EVMS within a radius of 300m,” a police source said. According to joint chief electoral officer DD Singh, counting would be done in 14 rounds on December 8, as Raipur (south) constituency has maximum number of candidates. A projector or LCD would also be installed for the purpose.