Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Suspected Maoists resort to poster campaign, triggers fear

Jharkhand Armed Police (JAP) with Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) are seen busy in combing operation in the dense forest as well as most sensitive areas against PFI naxals ahead of forthcoming assembly election at Pakur, Jharkhand on Monday

Jamshedpur: Following a fierce encounter between naxals and paramilitary forces at Kuchai jungle in adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan district, the rebels have resorted to poster campaign close to the steel city.

The police recovered two posters allegedly pasted by the banned naxal outfit, CPI-Maoist pasted on the wall of Tata-Kandra four-lane’s service lane near Gamharia market under Adityapur police station area on Friday morning.

Written in Hindi, the posters meant expedite the task of converting battle of ambushing into mobile war. One postering was inscribed in red letters on a paper while the other was on a piece of cloth. The police removed both the posters and seized them immediately the matter came to their notice at about 8 am today.

OC, Adityapur police station, Shusma Kumari said that naxal poster was seized from the Gamharia market area which comes under the Adityapur police station.

“We are in the process of investigation we suspect that it might be a handy work of some local miscreants who are set upon to disturb the ensuing assembly polls in the region.  But despite that we take the matter very seriously as this is election time,” said Kumari.

The OC informed that that they have intensified the patrolling as the posters, fixed during the unearthly hours was aimed at disturbing the assembly elections scheduled on December 7.

On Thursday morning, one naxal was shot dead and another sustained bullet injuries as an encounter took place at  Raisindhri hills in Kuchai jungle in the Seraikela-Kharsawan district. During the search operation after the encounter that lasted for over 30 minutes, the police and paramilitary forces recovered a powerful claymore mines from the encounter site.

Meanwhile the recovery of posters and pamphlets has also triggered panic among the locals. A police official said that the Maoists usually resort to posters just to instill fear amongst the villagers. 

Sources informed that apart from wall painting, waging poster campaign is a regular feature in the naxal infested areas. The red guerillas have been reported to conspiring to hamper peaceful life in the villages. A police official said that the ultras were trying to create tension among villagers so that they can disturb them.

The administration is confident to conduct polls peacefully. About 800 police force of the district will be assisted by jawans of CRPF, Jharkhand Armed Police, homeguards, Rapid Action Police (RAP) and Rapid Action Force for maintaining security at the 1626 polling booths in the constituency.

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