MCPM to boycott President’s Manipur visit
Maoist Communist Party Manipur (MCPM) Tuesday said that the party would call a statewide general strike in Manipur on April 29 as part of boycott to the scheduled visit of India’s President Pranab Mukherjee. President Pranab Mukherjee would visit Imphal on April 29 to attend the 14th convocation of Manipur University. He would leave Imphal on the same day, an official source in the state home department said.
A statement of the MCPM signed by its publicity and propaganda secretary comrade Nonglen Meitei dispatched to the local media Tuesday said that the general strike would be imposed to boycott the visit of President. The main objective of proposed general strike was to highlight the suffering of the people of the state after the state merged with the Indian union, MCPM’s statement added.
Three Maoist leaders arrested in Jharkhand
Medininagar (Jharkhand): Three Maoist leaders were arrested with arms and ammunition from Shahpur village of Naxal-hit Palamau district, police said on Wednesday. Acting on an information that some ultras would be assembling in the village, security personnel conducted raid and arrested the three yesterday, Superintendent of Police YS Ramesh said. The arrested Maoists were identified as Sub-zonal Commander Mahendra Singh Kharswar, Area Commander Lalan Singh Kharwar and Virendra Kumar Ram. One 303 rifle, which was looted from police in the past, and 77 live cartridges were recovered from their possession, Ramesh said, adding that over two dozen cases were pending against them. The trio assembled in the village to finalize plan to snap ties with the ultra outfit, he said. PTI
Indo-Nepal border sealed for third phase polls in Bihar
The Election Commission (EC) has deployed 143 companies of Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMF), 74 companies of Bihar Military Police (BMP) and 20,523 district police jawans for the third phase of polls in the state tomorrow. Seven Lok Sabha constituencies – Supaul, Araria, Kishanganj, Purnia, Katihar, Bhagalpur and Banka – are going to polls in this phase. Around 1.08 crore voters will get an opportunity to exercise their franchise at 9,840 polling stations to decide the fate of 108 candidates in fray.
“Apart from the security forces, 3,003 patrolling magistrates, 949 sectoral magistrates and 456 zonal magistrates have been deployed,” Additional Chief Electoral Officer R Lakshmanan said. “The sectoral magistrates will ensure that free and fair polls are held in 5,142 vulnerable hamlets spread over the seven constituencies and comprising 2.09 lakh voters,” he said. Since Supaul, Araria and Kishanganj constituencies are located on the Indo-Nepal border, the Sashatra Seema Bal (SSB) for the first time during this general elections, has sealed the international border.
Teacher shot dead by Naxals in Chhattisgarh
Rajnandgaon: A 30-year-old government school teacher was allegedly shot dead by naxalites in Maoist-hit Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh, police said today. The shikshakarmi (contractual teacher) Ranveer Salame was killed late last evening by a group of armed naxals in Teregaon village weekly market under Kohka police station limits, Rajnandgaon Superintendent of Police Sanjeev Shukla said. Salame was posted at a school under restive Khadgaon police station area.
The incident took place when he visited the weekly market along with wife. About 10 armed naxals stormed the area and shot at him using pistols, he said. According to eyewitnesses, assailants included self-styled commander of Mohla region of CPI (Maoist) Chintu Tekam and other local cadres, he said. The reason behind the fatal attack is yet to be ascertained, he said. A case has been registered in this connection and security forces have launched hunt to nab the attackers in the region, he added.