Friday, December 18, 2009

FIRs lodged against Maoist leader, 300 cadres

Uttam Mukherjee, TNN 17 December 2009, 09:41pm IST

LOHARDAGA: The Kisko police on Wednesday lodged three separate FIRs against Maoist zonal commander Nakul Yadav and 300 unidentified cadres hailing from Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand. The rebels have been accused of creating law and order problem in Kekrang, Chandalgi and Rorad villages in the district in the past three days.
Two FIRs were lodged by the owner and driver of two buses while the police lodged a third FIR against Maoists for killing two policemen of the motorcycle squad.

On Monday, the Maoists killed two policemen of the motorcycle squad and later blew up a bus and a school building. They also set two buses ablaze in the early hours of Tuesday.

Kisko police station in-charge Sunil Kumar Tiwari said that the police lodged an FIR (case no. 74/09) against Maoists under the various Sections of the IPC, Arms Act, Explosive Substance Act and Criminal Law Amendment Act.
In the past three days, security forces, including the CRPF, were airlifted to other places. Even personnel manning the Peshraar police picket were replaced by JAP personnel.

SP Subodh Prasad said security forces have been relocated to other districts where the fifth and final phase of elections would be held on December 18. He said that the police are keeping vigil on Maoist activities and even recovered landmines planted at certain places in Kekrang area. He said the state police headquarters have been requested to send additional forces to combat Maoists who are present in the area in strong numbers. Besides, the rebels have also planted landmines at several places in the region.

"The Maoists have outnumbered security forces in the district. We are waiting for additional forces to arrive from the police headquarters in Ranchi," the SP said.

Police sources said that over 150 jawans and 19 officers of the Lohardaga police would be sent to Chatra on election duty. Besides, the state election authorities have directed the Lohardaga police to arrange for vehicles to send all the 85 companies of security forces, who had come to Lohardaga on election duty, to other places where polls are scheduled for December 18.

Though the district has at its disposal one company of Indian Reserve Battalion, the police are waiting for more forces from the state police headquarters before launching any operation against Maoists, who have captured the Kekrang area.

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