Friday, November 27, 2009

Maoists call 48-hour bandh from Sunday

TNN 28 November 2009, 06:19am IST

JAMSHEDPUR: Maoists have called for a 48-hour Jharkhand bandh from Sunday in protest against alleged atrocities inflicted by the government on their Chotanagpur Zonal Committee spokesman of the outlawed outfit, Samarji, appealed to public and private entrepreneurs to suspend business operations for these days. The Maoist leader has also advised people not to travel and use public transport. The spokesman of the Red rebels also asked SAIL to either suspend all its business during the strike period or face consequences.

"Our men, including Virendra alias Ashok, were picked up by Angaad and Salaki police in West Singhbhum on October 23. Thirty-three days have passed since, but we don't know where he is. The government must come clean. If it doesn't, it should be ready for trouble," Samarji said.

The Maoist leader also chastised the media for what he called "unfair treatment to peoples' cause".

"Media reports only on our repressive activities but have never spoken about Virendra and our other colleagues, who have gone missing in the past one month," the rebel leader said.

Police on their part have made elaborate arrangements to thwart trouble on Monday and and Tuesday.

"Since the bandh has been called during the elections, we are taking extra measures to ensure safety and security of men and material," West Singhbhum SP Akhilesh Kumar Jha said.

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