Maoist bandh cripples life in Jharkhand on Day I
Ranchi: The two-day bandh called by CPI (Maoist) in protest against the state government’s “anti-people” policies, especially with regard to people engaged in the collection and sale of kendu leafs and lac cultivation, evoked a mixed response on Monday. The Maoist bandh, effective in four states, Bihar, Odisha and West Bengal and Jharkhand, wanted to draw attention to a wage hike for farmers engaged in lac cultivation and sale of kendu leafs. Maoists detonated an IED (improvised explosive device) in Giridih to target security personnel engaged in combing operations, no casualty was reported.
In West Singhbhum, Maoists placed a landmine near a railway track, which was found and defused by CRPF personnel.Police spokesperson S N Pradhan said the bandh affected normal life in most parts of the state. “Public transport was affected in Ranchi, Gumla, Simdega, Lohardaga, Latehar, Khunti, West Singhbhum and other districts,” said Pradhan.
In Giridih, vehicles were parked along roadside eateries as transporters refused to “defy the bandh called by rebels”. State highways connecting Giridih-Dhanbad, Ranchi-Lohardaga, Latehar-Palamu and Chaibasa-Khunti- Ranchi were also affected. Khunti SP Anish Gupta said most shops were closed in Torpa, Arki, Murhu and Rania located away from Khunti headquarters. “Few people ventured outside in rural areas. No violence was reported,” Jamshedpur SSP Anoop T Mathew said. In Ranchi, Bundu and Tamar were the worst-affected areas. “Most shopkeepers shut shop. Patrol teams kept a strict vigil over the area,” SSP Kuldeep Dwivedi said.
Dhanbad SSP S K Jha said transportation of coal was hit in some district, but no untoward incidents were reported. Dhanbad is among the country’s largest coal producing districts. No violence was reported in Bokaro. Pradhan said all SPs have been asked to tighten security to ensure that the second day of the bandh is also peaceful. “Patrolling has been intensified on highways. In areas where intelligence reports suggest Maoist movement, we have deployed additional forces,” he said.
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20-KG CAN BOMB FOUND IN W SINGHBHUM
A can bomb weighing 20 kg was recovered from Topari village in Karampada block under Kiriburu police station area in West Singhbhum district on Monday morning. According to information, jawans of CRPF’s 197 battalion recovered the improvised explosive device (IED) from Topari-Karampada Road at about 8 am on Monday during patrolling on the first day of the 48-hour Jharkhand bandh called by CPI-Maoist. The bandh became effective from midnight.
West Singhbhum Superintendent of Police Michael Raj confirmed recovery of the can bomb which was buried close to a railway track in Kiriburu.
“During the patrolling the personnel recovered the can bomb. We immediately pressed an anti-bomb disposal squad on service and the bomb was defused,” said Raj.
He said except for the planting of the IED, no untoward incident was reported from any part of the West Singhbhum district on Monday. The rebel outfit called the bandh to protest the alleged anti-labour policy of the Union Government. The bandh will remain effective till the midnight of April 3. Keeping in view the two day Naxal bandh, the police have made elaborate security arrangements across the twin districts of Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan district. Long distance buses did not ply from the Sitaramdera bus terminus.
East Singhbhum superintendent of police (Rural) M Arshi said they have deployed police and para-military forces CRPF on the NH-33 and have intensified patrolling of rebel hit -hold areas since early this morning. Commercial vehicles including long distance buses, trucks and other public carriers stayed off the roads while the movement of private vehicles was very thin.
The administration of East Singhbhum arrangements for safe passage of commercial vehicles on NH-33. An escort was provided to the convoy of commercial vehicles. An anti-landmine vehicle was pressed into service between Baharagora and Pardih. Senior SP of East Singhbhum, Anoop T Mathew said that no untoward incident was reported from any part of the district on the first day of the bandh.
The railways have also taken adequate steps to ensure safety of passengers. Though train routes were not diverted but adequate railway police were deployed in railway stations and in moving trains. Gurabandha, Dumaria, Potka, Bodam, Patamda the naxalite’s den, received the utmost focus with police and paramilitary jointly embarking on the mobile duty with the break of the dawn.
Arms seized from Parasnath hideout
Dhanbad: Police and security forces found a huge cache of arms and ammunition at a suspected Maoist hideout during a combing operation near Chandraprabhu tonk, proximate to Maoist-dominated Parasnath hills.
Senior officers said at least three major encounters took place with Maoists in the past 30 hours. While the rebels triggered an Improved Explosive Device (IED), apart from firing at security personnel, no injuries have been reported. Hazaribag DIG Upendra Prasad, CRPF DIG P K Toppo, Giridih SP Akhilesh B Verior, CRPF commandant of 154 battalion Irden Ekka, COBRA commandant Dharmendra Singh are still camping in Parasnath.
“We received inputs about Maoist presence near Chandraprabhu tonk in the past few day. Police, CRPF, COBRA and Jharkhand Jaguard personnel launched a massive anti-Maoist operation across the region. Maoists triggered an IED blast and fired several rounds to combat security forces”, said SP Verior, adding rebels were “forced out of their hideouts” by security forces.
“We found around 30 detonators, six IEDs, naxal literature, uniforms, medicines, ladies clothes and other belongings from their hideouts,” said ASP (operations) Kunal Kumar. “There were two consecutive encounters. The first one began at 9 am, with the other at 6.30 pm on Sunday. “The third encounter took place on Monday morning at 9.30 am,” Kumar said,