Monday, April 13, 2009

Naxal bandh hits mineral transportation

13 Apr 2009, 0658 hrs IST, TNN

RANCHI: The Latehar police recovered two landmines planted on a pitch road at Karwadih village under the Latehar police station during the 24-hour
Jharkhand bandh called by Maoists on Sunday.

Maoists posters were also found in rural areas of Palamu, Chatra and Latehar districts asking the residents to boycott the up-coming Lok Sabha elections and threatened candidates of dire consequences.

Transportation of mineral was hampered in the state as vehicles, including long-distance busesw, remained off the road. Rural markets remained closed during the bandh hours.

Meanwhile, intensive combing operations have been launched, a day after five CRPF personnel were killed in fierce encounter with Maoists at Jadko village under the Arki police station in the state's Khunti district.

The police and para-military forces recovered seven landmines planted on the canal road in Arki block during the combing operation launched immediately after the fierce encounter on Saturday.

Police detained six suspects from the village in connection with Saturday's incident. Interrogated in an undisclosed location, they were later released, sources said.

SSP Praveen Kumar Singh said five companies of CRPF, BSF, SAP, STF and district police launched the search operations.

Singh said no movement of rebels was found in Tamar area and it was possible that the ultras sneaked into Tamar and might be hiding at Arki block.

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