Thursday, December 08, 2005

Naxals Issue Threat to Police Officials, Politicians

Patna: December 8, 2005

Extremists with allegiance to various Naxal outfits in Jehanabad district, on Wednesday, plastered the walls of the town with hand-written Naxal posters issuing threat to the government and the police of dire consequences if they did not stop 'terrorizing' innocent people in the name of raids to capture Naxalites in the district.

The posters apparently planted on all government buildings and public places late Tuesday night were discovered on Wednesday morning. They accused the police of arresting and torturing innocent poor people in the name of combing operation in Jehanabad and adjacent districts.

Sources said some of the posters also contained names of police officials and politicians with warnings issued against them if they did not stop harassing innocent villagers.

Jehanabad Superintendent of Police (SP) Bachchu Singh Meena, however, denied any such accusation saying the police was not targeting villagers and were only performing their duties in an attempt to flush out extremists from the region.

As part of the operation, the police had, on Tuesday, arrested nearly three dozen people who were identified as those who took part in the Naxal attack last month on Jehanabad jail that resulted in the disappearance of over 350 prisoners including noted Naxal area commanders.

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