Monday, October 08, 2007

Bandh fails to affect normal life in Jharkhand

6 Oct 2007, 2224 hrs IST,PTI

JAMSHEDPUR: Normal life across the state remained unaffected by the Jharkhand bandh called by the CPI (Maoists) to protest the alleged anti-people policies of the state government, even though vehicles remained off the road and shopkeepers downed shutters in the Naxalite strongholds.

Several passenger trains passing through Maoist pockets in Barakakhana-Garwah Road under Dhanbad division of East Central railway were either cancelled or diverted, railway sources said.

Vehicular movement was disrupted as transporters kept their commercial vehicles and long-distance buses off the road anticipating violence in the Maoist strongholds, reports said.

However, other than these strongholds in Palamu, Chatra, Latehar, Garwah, East and West Singhbhum districts, where shops also downed their shutters, normal life in other areas of the state remained largely unaffected.

Meanwhile, a report from Gumla said three members of Jharkhand Liberation Tigers, a breakaway group of Maoists, were arrested from near Basia college in the district today.

The arrests were made when the activists - identified as Ramkrishna Chik, Sudhir Ram and Arvind Ram - came to the spot to extort Rs 50,000 from a villager, police said.

Three mobile sets and a motorcycle were seized by the police.

The Maoists have given the bandh call to protest against the alleged discrepancies in implementation of the centrally-funded National Rural Em ployment Guarantee Act, pollution in rural areas due to big projects and other issues.

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