Government deploys paramilitary to tackle Maoist threats in Odisha
Choppers, wi-fi phones for easy communication in Gumla
GUMLA: A foolproof communication network will be established for monitoring security cover in this Maoist-hit district, which will go to polls on April 10. Indian Air Force choppers will provide air support to security personnel stationed at sensitive areas in the district. For the first time, satellite phones will be utilized to have a workable communication system even in undulating and tough terrains of the district. A back-up plan is also in place with the administration while mobile telephones, WLL sets, police wireless and even satellite phones will be used in different locations of the district, said Gumla SP Bhimsen Tuti.
Policemen escape Maoist attack in Odisha
Bhubaneswar: A police patrol Sunday narrowly survived two bomb blasts by Maoists in Odisha’s Malkangiri district but two cows ended up dying, police said. The rebels had put up posters in Kalimela, about 700 km from herer, and planted improvised explosive devices. The posters called for a boycott of the Lok Sabha election. The devices exploded when the police patrol was returning after removing the posters, Superintendent of Police Akhileswar Singh told IANS.
Maoists order closure of JD (U), BJP poll offices
GAYA: Maoists have ordered the closure of JD (U) and BJP election offices at Dumaria block headquarters in Gaya district. According to reports reaching the district headquarters, the Maoists rang up the election office premises owners to pull the shutters down or be ready to face the consequences. The Maoists have also given poll boycott call in the area. The offices, as per reports, have been closed in compliance of the Maoist diktat.
Dumaria is part of the Imamganj assembly segment of Aurangabad parliamentary constituency. JD (U) deserter and sitting MP Sushil Singh is contesting the seat as a BJP candidate while JD (U) has fielded RJD deserter Bagi Prasad Verma as its official candidate from the seat. This is the second time that the Maoists have acted tough against the JD (U)-BJP combine. A few years back, the Maoists armtwisted all the block-level office-bearers of both JD (U) and BJP to tender mass resignation from their respective party positions and the office-bearers subsequently tendered mass resignation at a political function organized at a college building in Imamganj. In 2010 assembly elections, too, the Maoists virtually immobilized NDA candidate and assembly Speaker Udai Narain Chaudhary during the entire campaign period.
20 critical booths relocated in Palamu
DALTONGANJ: The Palamu district administration has relocated 20 critical polling booths that have a history of extremist violence in the past elections. The district, which goes to polls on April 10, has 1,322 polling booths. Palamu returning officer-cum-deputy commissioner K N Jha said the relocation of booths was first discussed with the candidates before it was sent to the Election Commission Of India.
Another BJP office attacked in Manipur
Within two days after vandalising the BJP office in Ukhrul district on Thursday night, armed persons suspected to be members of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) struck the party’s office at Chandel, a border district on Saturday night. The district functionaries of the BJP have lodged a formal complaint with the police station. The state leaders are in touch with the national leaders to approach the Election Commission.
Armed persons suspected to be members of the NSCN(IM) have been making their presence. Deputy Chief Minister and Pradesh Congress Committee Gaikhangam Gangmei alleged during an election meeting at Kakching which falls under the reserved Outer Manipur Parliamentary seat on Saturday, that the cadres of the NSCN(IM) are threatening the people to vote for the Naga People’s Front candidate Soso Lorho.
Maoists ask people to boycott poll in Bihar’s Jamui
Maoists Sunday called for a boycott of the Lok Sabha election in Jamui parliamentary constituency of Bihar, and told cadres to attack security forces during the poll, police said. A police official said Maoist leader Pragati issued the diktat at a ‘janata darbar’ held in Vishanpura forest, saying no poll should take place for the Jamui reserved seat. Maoists have through posters and banners also called for poll boycott in Lakhisarai, Banka, Munger, Gaya and Aurangabad districts.
The posters also demanded withdrawal of forces engaged in counter-insurgency operations in the state. Police have seized such posters from many places. The Maoists have also appealed to cadres and different units, including the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army, through SMSes to target security forces during the election. Police said the Maoists were also sending bulk SMSes to appeal to people to boycott the Lok Sabha poll in neighbouring Jharkhand.