Saturday, August 15, 2009

Maoist posters make police sit up, think

Express News Service First Published : 14 Aug 2009 03:56:00 AM ISTLast Updated :

CUTTACK: Two incidents of Maoist postering at Kanpur in the district in the last fortnight, threatening to blow up police stations and vital Government offices, have got the police jump into action.

Armed personnel have been moved into the region while the entire area is being kept under strict vigil. The police stations of Kanpur and Narsinghpur have been fortified with security enhancement, particularly keeping in view the Independence Day celebrations on Saturday.

On Wednesday, Maoist posters were found to have been pasted on the walls of Bapuji Library at Siaria under Kanpur police limits.

Written in red, bearing the insignia of the outlawed CPI (Maoist), the posters claimed that the Left wing ultras had assembled in the region to blow up the Kanpur and Narsinghpur police stations, Narsinghpur tehsil office and other Government offices but deferred operation due to inclement weather. They have, however, threatened to eliminate all corrupt politicians and government employees. After August 15, should anyone be found demanding or taking bribe would face the consequences, the posters proclaimed while asking leading technical education institutions to take action to curb ragging.

This is the second incident after July 31, when posters were found at Rushipada village under the Kanpur police station. The Reds had then also threatened to blow the police station.

Acknowledging the twin incidents, police said it is being verified whether the posters actually belonged to the Maoists or was an act of pranksters.

The posters have been seized and a special team has been formed to investigate, SP (Rural), Cuttack, RK Mishra said.

The region borders Naxal-affected Nayagarh district and thus influx of the ultras could not be ruled out.

One platoon of armed police has been deployed while plainclothes policemen are keeping watch on movement of outsiders, Mishra added.

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