Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Maoist bandh a success


Policemen keep vigil on NH-33. Pix: Srinivas
Jamshedpur, April 1: Life in Ghatshila sub-division remained paralysed today as a Naxalite-sponsored 24-hour bandh evoked a near-total response in East Singhbhum and Mayurbhanj districts.

State offices, as well as private firms, remained closed in Ghatshila, Musaboni and Bahragora. Schools, colleges and training centres across the sub-division were shut.

Traffic was sparse on the NH-33 and in the Ghatshila township. There was heavy deployment of paramilitary forces and police on the township streets, on the NH-33 and along the Bahragora-Ghatshila-Jamshedpur stretch, that otherwise bore a deserted look with nearly no traffic.

The CPI(Maoist) had called the bandh to protest against police atrocities and to demand a hike in minimum wages. Posters that spoke of the bandh, however, refrained from mentioning specific cases of the atrocities. Sources said life in the interiors of Dumaria, Musaboni, Ghurabandha and Potka — which otherwise remain unaffected — also bore the brunt of the bandh today.

The bandh also left an impact on poll campaigns.

The JMM, JVM and BJP had set up camps in Ghatshila and Musaboni for campaign work. Except the BJP, the rest of the offices remained closed from the morning. “We cannot keep a camp office closed because of a Naxalite bandh. We cannot succumb to such demands,” said Godabari Mahato, a BJP activist

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