Tuesday, March 17, 2009

IG sounds poll alert after Maoist arrests


CRPF jawans defuse a bomb at Uparghat in Bokaro on Tuesday. Picture by Pankaj Singh
Bokaro, March 17: A poll alert has been sounded.

After the arrest of four Maoists in Bermo last night, inspector general (IG) of North Chhotanagpur commissionerate K.S. Meena summoned the commandants of paramilitary troops and district SPs today and asked them to step up vigil in rebel strongholds in the wake of the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

The IG’s concerns are particularly related to the rebels’ poll boycott call and their increased movement in Uparghat, Gomia, Jhumra, Bokaro thermal, Mahuatand and Nawadih in Bokaro district, Parasnath in Giridih and Tundi in Dhanbad over the past few days.

The arrested Maoists have been identified as Md Shahid, Md Alam, Md Muslim and Md Minhas. Three bombs, a couple of police uniform, daggers and receipt books of levy connection were found on them.

During interrogation, the arrested revealed to the police the details of their action plan for Lok Sabha polls. According to sources, the arrested told the police that the command to tackle the security forces has been handed over to area Naxalite commander and in-charge of Jharkhand Navin Manjhi, who has roped in the services of the rebels of Bengal, Orissa, Chhattisgarh and Bihar.

The rebels have further revealed that the Maoists have already ferried huge quantities of explosives from Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh on trucks carrying fish.

“Had not our forces been alert, the Maoists would have killed them at Govindpur where explosives were planted,” the IG said.

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