Friday, April 03, 2009

Security upped along borders

BALARAMPUR (Purulia), April 3: Security has been tightened, even in the remote areas of bordering West Bengal and Jharkhand. Following intelligence inputs, the Centre has asked the state government to provide extra security to important political leaders under the high threat perception category during their campaigns for the 15th general election.

Intelligence inputs have also suggested that terrorists may strike during poll rallies addressed by the protected persons.

The Maoist infestation in Purulia, already a serious threat, appears to be worsening. About two weeks ago, the office of a brick kiln owner was set on fire by the Maoists. Around the same time, Maoists set the same man's truck on fire after setting off a landmine at Kerua-Ghatbera in Balarampur, 53 km from Purulia town. They were demanding an increase in the pay of daily mazdoors in the brick field.
A few days back, a gang of armed Maoists fired at four jawans of the Railway Protection Force at Barabhum rail station in Balarampur, in the same thana areas of Purulia district. Of the jawans, two died at Bokaro Hospital following the attack. The Maoists had decamped, taking arms and ammunition from the jawans. The jawans had cash at the time of attack, but cash does not appear to have been the Maoist target, and was untouched.
n Nani Gopal Pal

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