Thursday, June 04, 2009

Life hit in Naxalite areas due to bandh

Ranchi , June 1 Normal life was hit in naxalite pockets of Jharkhand today due to a Maoist-sponsored bandh to protest the killing of one of its top leaders in Andhra Pradesh recently.

However, urban areas of the state were unaffected by the bandh.

Highways criss-crossing Naxal pockets wore a deserted look while some trains changed routes to avoid being attacked even as security forces patrolled railway tracks.

" Some trains have been diverted,"the Public Relations Officer ( Dhanbad rail division), Amerendra Das, told PTI.

Several private vehicles have kept off the roads, affecting loading and unloading works in places like Hazaribagh, Gumla, East and West Singhbhum districts.

Para-military forces have been deployed in strength in the 15-km Dibour Ghati in Kodarma district, bordering Bihar, police sources said.

The central committee of the CPI (Maoist) called the bandh reportedly in protest against the killings of one of its top leaders in Andhra Pradesh and LTTE chief V. Prabhakaran

Meanwhile, security personnel yesterday exchanged fire with Naxalites in Ranchi district and blew up a bunker inside Baruhatu forest in the district, police sources said.

Source: PTI

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