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Maoist activities rise in West Singhbhum, forces step up vigil

Jamshedpur, July 14: The ultras belonging to the banned outfit CPI (Maoist) have suddenly increased activities in West Singhbhum district. Sources informed that apart from wall painting and waging poster campaign to triggering blasts, the ultras have made their presence felt to the security forces involved in nailing the outfit.

On Monday alone, the main road leading to Barkela in Mufassil police station area of West Singhbhum district was blown up by the suspected ultras. The Maoists have introduced a big challenge in front of the police by carrying out the second incident within 24 hours.

On Sunday, the CPI-Maoist rebels had also carried out a night-long dispreading act in the Barkela forest range under Chaibasa Sadar police station area in West Singhbhum district, about 75 kms away from here in the wee hours on Sunday. The rebels blew up as many as a dozen buildings, including a forest guest-house at Barkela and set about 20 vehicles, including two-wheelers on fire during the six-hour violence that started from 10 pm on Saturday.

Concerned over the naxals’ hysterical efforts to regain their hold, 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.

Sources said that recently the district police had nabbed a suspected rebel in West Singhbhum and during the interrogation the rebel revealed that they had a plan to set their foot in rural areas once again.

A CRPF-s VII battalion officer also shared the same opinion about the rise of rebels in the locations where they had their domination.

“We have intelligence input that the rebels from the bordering area of Bengal that rebels in sizeable number enter into Jharkhand and trying to hold meeting in the villages.   The rebels are also picking up issues like dumping earth-movers for digging work and instead engaging manpower for the same,” said the officer. 

The naxal outfit has also resorted to poster campaigning in support of the recruitment drive across the tribal-dominated district from Sarjamburu, located partially falling under Tonto thana area and partially falling under adjoining Goelkera thana area, which has presently turned into a new rebel-hotspot after Saranda was relieved of them to a greater extent.  The outfit has also delivered letters to the village and block level naxal operatives  for making the drive effectively successful.

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.

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