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Maoist activities in West Singhbhum on rise, forces step up vigil

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Jamshedpur, March 5: West Singhbhum has emerged as the hot bed of Naxal violence with the banned outfit CPI (Maoist) increasing its activities. Sources informed that apart from wall painting and waging poster campaigns to trigger blasts, the ultras have made their presence felt to the security forces involved in nailing the outfit.

In the wake of the recent attack on security personnel of Jharkhand Jaguar that killed three in an improvised IED blast triggered by Naxal at dense forest and hilly terrain at Lanji village under Toklo police station area in West Singhbhum district on Thursday morning, the security forces intensifies.

According to information, in the last 30 days security forces have defused and recovered over 70 IEDs and cylinder bombs in different parts of the West Singhbhum district through joint operation of district police and CRPF. There have been several arrests too.

Concerned over recent spurt in Naxal violence, Rajiv Kumar Singh DIG, Kolhan, has asked his officers and para-military forces for conducting regular Long range patrolling (LRP) in those areas so that the rebels may not set their foot once again.

Meanwhile, police and paramilitary forces have launched an intensified  anti-insurgency operation recently after  the outlawed outfit delivered letters to Mundas, Gram Pradhans and `Dakuas’ (village messengers) seeking their support for an aggressive recruitment drive  of youngsters, including girls to join the outfit in West Singhbhum.

“We are taking hard steps to flush out Naxals. Earlier we had concentrated our anti-insurgency operation at Chaibasa forest areas where a series of Naxal violence had taken place.  But after the rebels attacked on a police party, resulting in the death of three security personnel, we have also started focusing the Tiruldih, Ichagarh, Khukru and Nimdih police station areas in Chandil sub-division,” said an official.

Sources informed that the mobility of the police has prevented the extremists from carrying out any violent activity in past few days in the entire Kolhan but recent violence have brought the forces on the toes. All the police stations in the three districts of  the division including East and West Singhbhum and Seraikela Kharswan have been asked to beef up the security and keep a vigil at the bordering areas.

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