Monday, November 16, 2009

Naxals may have poisoned waterbodies: RPF to jawans in Jh'knd

Updated on Monday, November 16, 2009, 21:45 IST Tags:Naxals, poisoned waterbodies, Jharkhand

New Delhi: RPF jawans sent to poll-bound Jharkhand for tackling Naxal activities have been asked not to consume water from wells and ponds as it could be laced with poison.

"We have specific intelligence inputs that water bodies might be poisoned by the ultras to cause harm to the para-military forces. Hence, we have asked our jawans to avoid drinking water from such points and be extra cautious," an RPF source said.


About 40 companies of Railway Protection Force and Railway Special Protection Force personnel have been deployed for checking Naxal activities in Jharkhand which goes to polls later this month and in December.

Sources said these were the new tactics being adopted by the left-wing extremists to scuttle efforts for peaceful conduct of elections. The Naxalites have threatened people not to exercise their franchise.

About 25,000 para-military personnel will be deployed for the five-phase Assembly elections in Jharkhand.

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