Monday, November 30, 2009

Maoists continue striking at will during J'khand bandh

Posted On: 30-Nov-2009 16:26:43
By: Sanjay Pande

Ranchi: Maoists kept security forces on toes in Jharkhand striking at will killing three villagers, blowing up railway tracks and school buildings and blocking roads as a 48-hour bandh called by CPI(Maoists) is scheduled to end today midnight. The violence unleashed by the rebels posed a challenge to the authorities preparing to conduct the second phase of polling on December 2 in 14 Assembly seats. Officials were working on means to convince people to come out in large numbers to vote.

In Chatra, a senior police officer had a narrow escape when a landmine went off seconds after his vehicle crossed the spot.

However, three security personnel escorting him near Khagarwatar jungle at Pandepara village were injured early this mornung.

ASP Sunil Bhaskar was returning from Pratappur after a night halt there. He had gone yesterday to defuse a landmine. Two Jharkhand Armed Police personnel and the driver received mild injuries as their vehicle was blown up.

An IAF helicopter was pressed into service to rush them to hospital.

In Khunti, where the second phase of polling would be held on December 2, Maoists blew up a school building at Saude village under Rania block early today.

Besides, a small bridge on Khunti-Tamar road was blown up and trees were left on the Arki-Tamar roads to disrupt traffic.

In another incident in Chatra district, Maoists blew up the house of a senior RJD leader at Kurushel village of Hunterganj block under Basisthnagar police station late last night.

Police today said about 200 armed Maoists descended on the house of former RJD district president Chandrika Yadav and asked the family members to vacate the house before blowing it up with dynamite.

Yadav, however, was not present. Chatra would go to the fifth and final phase of polling on December 18.

The Naxals are asking voters to refrain from exercising their democratic right.

The bandh, however, affected life mainly in rural areas.

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