51,000 personnel to report for first phase polls in Bihar
The Election Commission has asked 51,000 polling personnel to report on duty for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections on April 10 in six naxal-infested constituencies in Bihar. “Once the 51,000 polling personnel report on duty, they will be dispatched to their locations tomorrow. We are ready for the first phase of elections,” Additional Chief Electoral Officer R Lakshmanan told reporters. Six naxal-infested constituencies — Aurangabad, Karakat, Sasaram, Gaya, Nawada and Jamui — are going to polls on April 10.
Bihar: Police-Naxal encounter in Jamui, no arrests yet
Patna: An encounter is underway between security forces and Naxals in the Jamui district of Bihar. A CRPF battalion and Jamui police intercepted a group of Naxals after receiving intelligence that the Naxals were trying to slip into Jamui ahead of the April 10 polls. The encounter is still going on.
Three improvised bombs recovered in Bihar
Three large improvised bombs were recovered and defused by security forces in Bihar’s Gaya district on Tuesday. Officials said the locally-made lethal bombs were found in Rakshi-Tongila-Chatakpur and Bankebazar area of Gaya district. A joint squad of CRPF and state police personnel recovered the bombs during a patrol and crippled them later, they said. Many Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and landmines have been recovered in the run-up to the polls.
IEDs recovered in Palamau ahead of polls
Medininagar: Barely two days before the first phase of polling in Jharkhand, two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were recovered from Dema village under Harihargunj police station in naxal-affected Palamau district today. Superintendent of Police Y S Ramesh said the recovery of the IEDs, weighing 10 kgs and 5 kgs, was made when security personnel were on a routine anti-naxal combing operation. The securitymen spotted an exposed wire on a ‘kuchcha’ road and recovered the IEDs planted there, Ramesh told PTI. The explosives, planted in view of the April 10 polling to target security personnel, were defused by the bomb disposal squad, he said.
Anti-Red Ops: Troops burn down bushes in PTR
DALTONGANJ: With Lok Sabha polls round the corner, security forces have launched a massive search operation in the jungles of Palamu to weed out Maoists and anti-social elements, if any. As part of their anti-Naxalite drive, police have already combed the forests of Ramandaag, Garu, Saryu, Amwatiker. Though troops have not come across any Maoist movement in the area, hedges and shrubs are being reduced to ashes as the rebels often take help of green cover to escape police baton. Sources said a forest fire was recently contained by the PTR fire fighting squad at Amwatikar after the troops left it unattended.
280 Patrolling near polling booths in Maoist-hit Kandhamal district
BERHAMPUR: Police on Monday said security forces would patrol on foot and motorcycles near polling booths in Maoist-hit Kandhamal district, where twin elections are on Thursday. “We have sufficient forces and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) will also be pressed on duty,” said inspector general of police (Berhampur) S K Nath, who reviewed security arrangements at Phulbani. The district has three assembly segments, Phulbani, Baliguda and G Udayagiri, all reserved for the Scheduled Tribe and one Lok Sabha constituency, Kandhamal.
Explosive materials seized in Nawada after Maoist encounter
Nawada: Security forces today recovered a large quantity of explosive materials following an encounter with Maoists in Mahuar forest in Bihar’s Nawada district, police said. The encounter between the Maoists and the security forces went on for an hour during which several rounds were fired, the SP said, adding that there was however no casualty on either side. The explosive materials included fuse wire and rods used for processing landmines and IEDs, iron rods, etc, the Superintendent of Police (SP) Manavjit Singh Dhillon said.
A bomb disposal squad has been sent from the district headquarters to find out the details of the explosive materials seized from Mahuar forests left behind by the Maoists, he said. Dhillon said the district police was tipped off about the entry of about 300 armed Maoists from Giridih and Jamui regions into Nawada three days ago where they had put up posters warning the local people against casting their votes in the general elections.
Police recovers Maoist landmine from Balaghat district
The police recovered a suspected Maoist landmine here today, three days before Lok Sabha polls in the Maoist-affected Balaghat district. The landmine was recovered from Songupt road beneath Lalghati culvert under the Roopjhar police station, Balaghat’s Superintendent of Police (SP) Gaurav Tiwari told reporters. Police recovered 6.5 kg explosives, 400 gms of gelatine, a detonator, aluminium connector, two switches, two metres of wire and iron pieces from the spot. After the recovery, search operations have been intensified and a high alert has been sounded in the Maoist-affected district, the SP said.
Suspected Maoists set fire on contractor’s camp in Odisha
Suspected Maoist ultras set ablaze at least four machines used for road construction of a contractor firm in Odisha’s Bargarh district today, police said. The incident took place last night when the employees of one Pragati Construction were taking rest at their camp in Lakhanpur area under Ambabhona police station, they said, adding that the miscreants, suspected to be Maoists, also set four machines on fire.
Another Improvised Explosive Device blast in Malkangiri
KORAPUT: Malkangiri district witnessed another Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast on Monday at the same spot near MV 31 under Kalimela police limits where security personnel had a close shave the previous day. A cow died in the explosion, which took place around 4 pm. If this was not enough, fresh Maoist posters, urging people to boycott polls and special police officers (SPOs) to quit their job, created further worries for the administration, battling to ensure violence-free elections on April 10.
The posters were found in large numbers at Kalimela and Motu. “We have recovered a few posters and suspect it to be the handiwork of local Maoist supporters. Adequate security arrangements have been made to avert any untoward incident. Police are on high alert and combing operations have been intensified to prevent possible influx of rebels from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh,” said SP (Malkangiri) Akhileswar Singh.
Varavara Rao Terms Elections a Sham, Urges Boycott
Denouncing parliamentary form of democracy as a convenient system propped up by the ruling elites to exploit the masses, revolutionary writer Varavara Rao has appealed to people to boycott the ensuing elections. Speaking at a Meet-the-Press organised by the Telangana Union of Working Journalists here on Monday, he said real democracy was only possible with revolution rooted in class struggle and in sync with innovation. Taking swipes at TDP, Congress, TRS and YSRC by branding them as bourgeois parties, Rao said that elections were for a mere change of guard and would not benefit the commonman.
He hailed self-rule of tribals in Chattisgarh forests and urged the masses in the mainland to draw inspiration from them. “Education and health for all. Right to form unions and associations and to support the working classes, giving right to everyone to express their opinions, this is what is required to run a government. This is what is happening in tribal areas of Chattisgarh and they are building a new society.”
With a new state of Telangana becoming a reality, he urged the upcoming governments in both the states to lift the ban on the Communist Party of India (Maoist) and mass organisations in 2005 and to disband the Greyhounds. He urged the central government to revoke the joint capital status given to Hyderabad and to stop construction of Polavaram irrigation project. “What right has the people of the mainland got to decide the fate of tribals?
Polavaram project has to be stopped immediately to prevent the numerous clusters of tribal villages from submerging. The demands of tribals are as legitimate as those of Telangana people,” he claimed. He accused Narendra Modi of having a unholy nexus with numerous companies. “The huge support to Narendra Modi reminds us of the support Adolf Hilter had garnered in the 1930s,” Rao said.
Reds threaten voters in Chirag’s Jamui
The shadow of Maoists got a bit longer on Sunday, when they held a ‘jan adalat’ (people’s court) to enforce the poll boycott call in their areas of influence. The ‘court’ was held in Jamui, from where Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan’s son Chirag, a former actor, is contesting his first election against Bihar assembly speaker Uday Narain Choudhary, a JD(U) nominee who has been accused of having links with the Maoists. Sources said at the ‘jan adalat’, held in a forest area close to the Vishunpur village in the so-called red corridor, the ultras threatened people against casting votes in the poll.
According to sources, a group of Maoists, led by a local commander, Pargati, held the Jan Adalat in the outskirt of a village while another squad barricaded the village. Earlier, the Maoists put up posters and banners in Sono, Jhajha, Simultala, Khaira, Sikandara and other villages, threatening the local residents to stay away from elections and instead assert their rights over forest, water and land.
Five landmines recovered in Jharkhand
Ranchi, April 8 (IANS): Five landmines were recovered from Jharkhand’s Lohardagga district during a search operation by the security forces Tuesday and later defused, police said. The landmines, being used to blow up police vehicles, were recovered from Bohra village in the district, about 80 km from here.