Thursday, December 08, 2005

Maoist terrorists impose night curfew in Jharkhand

Ranchi | December 08, 2005 4:15:06 PM IST

Maoist rebels in Jharkhand have imposed a night curfew in areas considered their den, threatening to kill the violators, to offset the police drive against them.
The extremists have distributed pamphlets and pasted posters in Palamau, Saranda and some other areas, listing the do's and don'ts to be followed by the people during the 12-hour night curfew beginning 8 p.m.

"People who violate the directives will be killed by bomb, bullet and in landmine blasts," said one of the pamphlets distributed by the Communist Party of India-Maoist.

The extremists have restricted movement of people and vehicles during the curfew hours. They have warned not more than four people should walk together and two people should not ride a bike together.

Those who need to come out during the restricted hours, should first make a special sound as directed by the Maoists, the pamphlets said.

The move is seen as a strategy to counter the anti-Maoist drive launched by the state police.

The policemen are moving around in the Maoist infested areas in plain clothes and with sophisticated weapons.

Reacting to the Maoist threats, an official engaged in anti-extremist drive told IANS: "We are not bothered about such a move. This will only help police gain support of the people."

Maoists are active in 16 of the 22 districts of the state. Around 550 people, including 220 policemen, have been killed in Maoist violence in the last five years.


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