Monday, March 23, 2009

Maoist attack along borders feared

Snehamoy Chakraborty
BOLPUR, March 22: Following a tip-off from the Intelligence Branch that Maoists may launch attacks in the Birbhum-Jharkhand border areas during the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, senior police officers of Jharkhand and Birbhum held a meeting in Bolpur last evening.

The officers discussed steps to counter the Maoist threat during the polls in the border areas. Birbhum SP Mr LN Meena, Dumka SP Mr Arun Kumar Singh and other senior police officers from the district and Jharkhand attended the meeting.
According to police, an e-mail fell in the hands of Intelligence Branch sleuths a few days ago. The e-mail indicated that Maoists may cause disturbance during Lok Sabha polls. After that the district police and Jharkhand Police decided to convene a joint meeting to increase security along the border.

“After receiving a tip-off about a possible Maoist attack during the Lok Sabha polls in the border areas of Birbhum and Jharkhand, police from the three districts of Birbhum, Dumka and Pakur decided to convene a meeting to keep the border areas under firm control during the polls,” said a senior district police officer.
According to police, Birbhum district’s Khoirasole, Rajnagar, Dubrajpur, Mohammed Bazar, Nalhati and Muraroi police stations lie on the border with Jharkhand.

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