Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Maoists call 24-hr bandh


Jamshedpur, April 21: The state police has geared up to ensure that tomorrow’s Jharkhand-Bihar 24-hour bandh call by the CPI (Maoist) has no impact on the poll preparations in the remaining eight of the 14 Lok Sabha seats.

The rebels have called a bandh to protest against the Central Reserved Police Force (CRPF). They had killed five villagers at Badhnia village in Latehar district during the first phase of the Lok Sabha polls on April 16. The five villagers who died, including two teenage boys, who were suspected to be rebels.

The bandh call comes a day before the second phase of polling. The constituencies, which would go on polls, include Ranchi, Singhbhum, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Giridih, Godda, Rajmahal and Dumka.

Except for the last three, all the constituencies are known for Maoist activities.

Considering the Naxalite-sponsored violence witnessed in the first phase of polling on April 16, it is anticipated that rebels would strike again.

Intelligence department sources maintain that Maoists rebels would work hard to ensure a 24-hour bandh on Wednesday, as its success will have a bearing on the polling.

Director general of police Vishnu Dayal Ram said the bandh call will have no impact on the polling process, as adequate deployment of forces have been made across the Lok Sabha constituencies where polling is scheduled to be held in the second phase.

Talking to The Telegraph, the DGP said that adequate para-military forces have been deputed in Naxalite-dominated districts. He claimed the Naxalites would not dare to come out of their hideouts as the long range patrolling is in place.

“We are confident that the bandh call will have no impact on the polls. We have a large number of para-military forces at our disposal, including the Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserved Police Force (CRPF) and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) to tackle them,” said Ram.

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