Thursday, August 25, 2005

Jharkhand : Maoists plan to capture panchayat posts

Friday August 26 2005 00:00 IST

RANCHI: Notwithstanding their boycott of the coming village council elections, Maoists in Jharkhand are planning to field their candidates to bag as many panchayat seats as possible, according to intelligence reports from here.

"Inputs from different parts of the state suggest that Maoists are out to grab the panchayat posts. They can field their supporters who are not facing any police case and as well as the spouses of some Maoist leaders," said a senior police official.

"The move to grab panchayat posts is a calculated one. They will get spokespersons to carry out their ideology and agenda in the form of the village heads," he said.

Authorities admit it is not easy to identify dummy candidates in the fray.

"We can scrutinise the Maoists who have a police record, but it is tough to scrutinise dummy candidates," said an official in the office of the state electoral officer.

Jharkhand will conduct its first panchayat polls in September and October

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