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Jharkhand Bandh evokes mixed reaction

Ranchi, Sep 14: Banned naxal organisation People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI) militants 24 hours Jharkhand Bandh evoked mixed reactions in Ranchi and other districts of the state.

On the other hand CPI-Maoists have called for 24 hours Jharkhand Bandh on September 15.

This is the first time when the two rival outfits (CPI-Maoist and PLFI) have called bandh for the same cause. The bandh has been called by the banned outfits to protest against massive operations being conducted by security forces against LWE outfits in the state and alleged torture on villagers after branding them members or supporters of banned outfits.

On Sunday the first day of the bandh People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI) militants torched five heavy machines and one vehicle at Siladon in Khunti district, police said.

More than 12 PLFI militants came to the village and set on fire three JCV machines, two vaccum rollers of a construction company and a car of an individual last night, Superintendent of Police Anis Gupta said.

Meanwhile, the bandh evoked mixed response in the Khunti district where shops, markets, business establishments and road traffic were hit particularly in areas dominated by the ultra group.

Eyeing the bandh, Jharkhand Police headquarters have directed the security forces to be on high alert. Combing and search operations are being conducted in LWE affected areas to thwart nefarious designs of the rebels.

“Forces have been deployed in all strategic locations to prevent any damages to government properties including railways. Helicopters have pressed in for air-surveillance during the two days bandh,” said Jharkhand director general of police (DGP) Rajeev Kumar.

PLFI has called the two-day bandh in protest against the killing of two persons when they were caught in an encounter between security personnel and Maoists at Marwai of Gumla district on September three last.

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