Thursday, July 30, 2009

Maoist ‘celebration’ keeps cops busy

;Statesman News Service

ROURKELA, 29 JULY: As the Maoists resumed to observe a week-long "Martyrs' Day", the district police are spending sleepless nights.
The police and the CRPF forces are keeping night vigil all over the city here and also at different places vulnerable to the Red brigade.
The Bandhamunda-Barsuan railway link, which remained closed for a day anticipating disruptive activities opened at the intervention of DRM Chakradharpur. This route is a favourite hunting ground of the Maoists. They have struck on the route on earlier occasions. Last year during the same occasion, Chandiposh station was attacked and mines were found on the railway line.
Fearing such activities the DRM at Bandhamunda cancelled the trains on the route, including the passenger trains. However, police are maintaining a strict watch on the entire stretch.
Meanwhile, the police have reportedly got clues on the presence of Maoists guerrillas in the nearby Saranda jungle. Saranda is a vast stretch of forest on Jharkhand and Orissa border.
Maoists have reportedly held meetings on the borders and have tried to pose a friendly face to the villagers in the interior areas. Besides, they have also requested the villagers to name the corrupt officials who are harassing them so that their public trial could be held.
A senior police official on condition of anonymity said: “We have managed to enhance our Intelligence network and this time we will not give them any leeway to cause any damage, however, this is still a very sticky hide and seek game where you do not know when the tide will become favourable or unfavourable one”.
It may be noted here that the observance of "Martyrs' week" started yesterday with Maoists blowing up two mobile towers in Malkangiri district and staging roadblocks.

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