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Maoists observe ‘Sthapna Diwas’, resort to poster campaign at Seraikela

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Jamshedpur: The Maoists have resorted to a poster campaign at Chaliama under Nimdih police station area in adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan district , about 30 kilometres away from here. The rebels had fixed as many as 40 posters in which they had called upon the local residents to join their outfit.

“ We came to know about the act after we got a call from a local resident. On verification we found the information to be true. Soon we confiscated the posters. We are not sure if there is any other place
where the campaign has been carried out,” said Seraikela-Kharsawan police official.

“Such posters are common in our village but we are gripped with fear since the Maoists have asked us to not cooperate with the police. These posters have left us in state of fear though the local police
are cooperating with us but still we are in panic,” said another villager.

Written in red ink, the posters had carried anti-CRPF rhetoric and the names of those who have been killed by the police or paramilitary forces. Some slogans, denouncing the CRPR alleged atrocity against the innocent villagers, especially the youngsters.

A high alert has been sounded in the district in the wake of Maoists observing ‘Sthapna Diwas’ from Sunday.
Banned outfit CPI-Maoist which came into existence after the merger of rebel outfit People’s War Group with another rebel outfit Maxist Communist Centre (MCC). The merger had taken place on September 21, 2004 and ever since then the CPI-Maoist has been observing the establishment week every year beginning from September 21.

Police said apart from ensuring deployment of addition police and paramilitary forces, the combing operations and patrolling has been intensified to check the possibility of entry of Maoists from neighbouring states. Officials said that the police have also intensified the efforts for strengthening security arrangements especially on the routes used by Maoists to enter the naxal infested areas.

Deputy inspector general of police (Kolhan), Mohammed Nehal said that the police and para-military forces have been put on high alert in the twin districts of Singhbhum and also in Seraikela-Kharsawan districts in view of the Maoist rebels observing the establishment day.

Superintendent railway police, Tatanagar, Mrityunjay Kishore said that the government railway police (GRP) in close co-operation of the railway protection force (RPF) has stepped up security of trains and also the railway track at the naxal belt.

According to intelligence sources, the rebels are trying to observe the anniversary by organising small meetings at a number of places in West Singhbhum and adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan district, and Chowka jungle is one of the probable venue for such meeting.

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