Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Backed by Pak’s ISI, Maoists ready to strike

Ajit Kumar - April 22, 2009
MOTIHARI / SHEOHAR — Through different hand-written pamphlets, which were found strewn around in Pakridayal, Patahi, Madhuban, Tetariya and Chiraiya blocks in East Champaran and under Dumri Katsari and Purnahiya blocks in Sheohar, the naxals have given a call for boycotting of election.

Dubbing the elections a “fake exercise”, the pamphlets have urged the people to stay away from the polling process or face the music.

Sources reveal that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) may also use the Maoists to create unrest during the Lok Sabha polls in the two districts. The ISI, which is reportedly supplying arms and ammunitions to this banned outfit, is attempting to destabilise the law and order situation, obstruct the poll process and harm the Indian economy by befriending the extremists.

While the UPA government last December said it did not have inputs to suggest the Naxals links with ISI, it is well known fact that Naxals in North Bihar are involved in fake currency business to generate income for their operations. Intelligence Bureau and investigating agencies have established that fake currency funds terror in India and is being sponsored by ISI. IB officials say there is a whopping Rs 17,000 crore worth of fake currency in circulation in India. While it funds terror organisations, it also helps intensify economic terrorism in the country.

It is also feared that the Tirhut Western Zonal committee of CPI(Maoist) would target candidates for want of ransom. About a year ago, members of the banned outfit held several round of meetings to plan abduction of some politicians and corrupt government officials for ransom.

However, the plan could not materialise as the police had thwarted the outfit’s attempt by arresting several top Maoist leaders. Irked by the police action, three influential Rajputs in Sheohar district, who were reportedly police informers, were recently lynched by the Naxals.

Sheohar SP MA Siddiqui, however, sought to allay fears and said, ”We are constantly monitoring the activities of the Maoists and fully prepared to thwart any attempt to create unrest during the poll process.”

Umesh Kumar, SP of East Champaran, also assured that all precautionary measures have been taken to avoid Naxal attacks during the second phase of polls in the State.

In West Champaran, an IAF helicopter carrying security personnel will be ready to strike at Maoist-infested areas during the polls.

“Armed with sophisticated arms and modern communication tools, these jawans will operate 15 to 20 feet above the ground level, “ District Election officer Dilip Kumar said.

A high alert has also been sounded in Valmikinagar, Bagaha and Ramnagar, Kumar added.

In Muzaffarpur district, select super-cops of CPMF, who received anti-Naxal training in Andhra Pradesh, will be pressed into service during second phase of polls to counter the Naxals’ poll boycott call in Minapur, Shivaipatti, Baroraj, Sahebganj, Paroo Jaitpur, Deoriya and Hathori police station areas.

“So far 19 companies of CPMF have reached the constituencies of Muzaffarpur and Vaishali,” SP Sudhanshu Kumar said.

Small contingents of CPMF have already reached the areas where the Maoists pasted boycott posters.

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