Friday, November 13, 2009

High alert over bandh call of Maoists

TNN 13 November 2009, 10:22pm IST


VARANASI: High alert was sounded in the Naxal-affected Sonebhadra, Chandauli and Mirzapur districts in view of the call of bandh given by Maoists in
protest against killing of their zonal commander Kamlesh Chowdhary in a police encounter.

According to sources, a letter was received in Sonebhadra headquarters written by the spokesman of Maoists. Mentioning his name as Jamuna, the spokesman has given the call for Bihar, Jharkhand and Sonebhadra bandh. Claiming that Chowdhary has been killed in a fake encounter, the Maoists has given this call.

When SP Sonebhadra Pritindar Singh was contacted, he admitted that there were intelligence inputs confirming that Naxal ultras had given a call of the bandh. In view of the call, alertness has been increased in the typical terrains especially on the borders of Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. He said apart from ensuring deployment of addition police and paramilitary forces, the combing operations and patrolling had been intensified to check the possibility of entry of Maoists from neighbouring states.

SP Chandauli Laxmi Narain also intensified the efforts for strengthening security arrangements especially on the routes used by Maoists to enter the district from Bihar. Police were also busy in exchanging intelligence inputs with the SPs of the districts of bordering districts.

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