Saturday, November 13, 2010

Jail attack plan triggers security alert

Patna, Nov. 13: Intelligence has stumbled upon a full-fledged plan by Maoists to replicate the Jehanabad jailbreak in Jamui jail in September this year.

But this time round, it could well be the turn of Beur Central Jail.

An alert has been sounded at Beur jail following the recovery of a huge cache of arms, ammunition and documents from a Maoist hideout in Jakanpur area on the outskirts of Patna on Nov- ember 9.

Though senior police officers are tight-lipped on the issue at the moment, the recovery also included many incriminating documents as well as maps.

Patna City superintendent of police Manu Maharaj told The Telegraph that a huge quantity of documents were seized and no comment could be made till the police scanned all of them.

However, sources said the maps also included one of Beur jail. “Yes, we have been asked to stay alert and be on the lookout.

However, there is no plan of a special beef-up in security. But then we are ready for any sort of trouble,” a jail official said on condition of anonymity.

Om Prakash Gupta, the superintendent of Beur Jail, told The Telegraph that they had requested for 30 Bihar Military Police personnel as well as increasing the strength of the Special Auxiliary Police from 12 to 24.

“Most of the men manning the watch towers of the jail are jawans of the Home Guards. We want more men who can take on the fight in the case of any untoward incident. The proposal with regard to the same was sent around nine days back and we expect a positive reply. The location of this jail is a problem as there is a market place and a very busy road nearby,” the superintendent said.

On November 10, senior police officers had admitted that some maps had been recovered but had said that they needed to be scanned.

Speaking to The Telegraph on Saturday, Manu Maharaj said: “It is quite impossible to comment on anything now.

But then, maps of certain areas and establishments have been recovered.

The two arrested Maoists will be taken in remand and further interrogated,” he said.

At present, Beur Central Jail has 2,534 inmates against a total capacity of 2,360. Sprawling across 3 lakh sq km, the jail has got nine watch towers.

On November 9, a special team of Patna police raided a house in Chandpur Bela area under Jakanpur police station and recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition stacked up in a house, including many looted from policemen in Bihar and Jharkhand.

The police arrested Umesh, alias Radheshyam Yadav, an active member of CPI(Maoist) and a resident of Jehanabad, and Lal Das Mochi, alias Mukeshji, a resident of Jalpura under Paliganj police station in Patna, a member of Bihar Regional Committee and secretary of Magadh North Zone.

The duo were arrested from Chandpur Bela area too.

Among the arms are three carbines, five remote-controlled triggers, 1,200 cartridges of 9mm pistol, 25, 000 detonators, 170 cartridges of AK-47 assault rifle, 1,600 cartridges of 30.06mm, 800 cartridges of 7.62mm, 38 magazines of Insas rifle, four high explosive hand grenades, four walkie-talkies, one tonne explosives, 10 improvised timer devices, 10 boxes of Naxalite literature, 50 landmine fuses, two grenade fuses among other things.

Cash worth Rs 1.65 lakh collected as levy and several documents, including maps and Naxalite literature, were also recovered.

In September this year, the police had come to know from an arrested Maoist that that about 150 heavily armed rebels and supporters from the People’s Guerrilla Liberation Army had assembled in Lakhisarai forest area and were ready for the attack on Jamui jail.

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