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Naxal bandh peaceful in Kolhan

Jamshedpur : The five day naxal bandh evoked an effective response in Kolhan on its second day today.

The paramilitary forces had removed the posters during patrolling the area. Shops and business establishments were closed in Ghatshila and other townships under Ghatshila sub-division of East
Singhbhum district since the morning.

The operators of commercial vehicles, including the passenger carriers kept themselves away from the road,
commercial organisations, including bank and ATM counters remained close.

The banned outfit, CPIMaoist, had given a call for five Jharkhand, Bengal, Odisha bandh At the naxalinfested Patamda, the bandh evoked complete response, making the life of the area paralysed.

Despite the troops of paramilitary forces, CRPF patrolling on the roads, no commercial vehicle was seen in Patamda since morning.

The work in crusher plants and also small-scale industrial units there remained closed in response to the bandh call.

The bandh was also effective in Chaibasa, Chakradharpur. Railway police are taking up necessary security measures in view of the bandh.

The railway protection force officials had pressed sniffer dogs at the railway track and also in train for detecting explosives and random search of the suspects at the platform and also other railway installation
is on.

“We are taking all important steps to ensure the Kolhan remains peaceful during the naxal bandh. Adequate
forces have been deployed in the strategic locations, including the NH-33 in East Singhbhum,”said an official.

Barring Ghatshila and its periphery the three districts of the division namely East and West Singhbhum and
Seraikela Kharswan remained incident free.

However, the police estab- lishment of the division was on high alert with security forces hitting the streets in the Maoist den of Goilkera and Manoharpur in the West Singhbhum and Chandil block in Seraikela
Kharswan.

In the East Singhbhum, the mobility of the security forces including CRPF personnel was paced up on the
National Highway-33 stretching from Ghatsial to Chandil.

“The district administration has deputed 17 magistrates across strategic locations of the district to oversee the security affairs in the wake of Maoists bandh,” informed a senior official.

The Chakradharpur division of the South Eastern Railway too, has made elaborate security arrangement in the light of Maoists bandh however; there is no alteration either in the movement of the trains or its departure timing.

The long route private buses plying on the two end of the NH-33, Tata-Ranchi and Tata-West Bengal has felt the pinch with few of the buses staying off the roads nonetheless, the government buses heading for
different destinations to Bihar in particular are running in full strenght.

“We have pulled some of our buses off the road for the first day and will watch out for tomorrow,” said Jitendra, manager of the Konark bus.

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