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Maoist bandh in Kolhan

Jamshedpur : The five day naxal bandh evoked an effective response in Kolhan on its second day today. The paramilitary forces had removed the posters during patrolling the area. Shops and business establishments were closed in Ghatshila and other townships under Ghatshila sub-division of East Singhbhum district since the morning. The operators of commercial vehicles, including the passenger carriers kept themselves away from the road, commercial organisations, including bank and ATM counters remained close.
The banned outfit, CPIMaoist, had given a call for five Jharkhand, Bengal, Odisha bandh At the naxalinfested Patamda, the bandh evoked complete response, making the life of the area paralysed. Despite the troops of paramilitary forces, CRPF patrolling on the roads, no commercial vehicle was seen in Patamda since morning. The work in crusher plants and also small-scale industrial units there remained closed in response to the bandh call. The bandh was also effective in Chaibasa, Chakradharpur. Railway police are taking up necessary security measures in view of the bandh. The railway protection force officials had pressed sniffer dogs at the railway track and also in train for detecting explosives and random search of the suspects at the platform and also other railway installation is on.
“We are taking all important steps to ensure the Kolhan remains peaceful during the naxal bandh. Adequate forces have been deployed in the strategic locations, including the NH-33 in East Singhbhum,”said an official. Barring Ghatshila and its periphery the three districts of the division namely East and West Singhbhum and Seraikela Kharswan remained incident free. However, the police establishment of the division was on high alert with security forces hitting the streets in the Maoist den of Goilkera and Manoharpur in the West Singhbhum and Chandil block in Seraikela Kharswan.
In the East Singhbhum, the mobility of the security forces including CRPF personnel was paced up on the National Highway-33 stretching from Ghatsial to Chandil. “The district administration has deputed 17 magistrates across strategic locations of the district to oversee the security affairs in the wake of Maoists bandh,” informed a senior official. The Chakradharpur division of the South Eastern Railway too, has made elaborate security arrangement in the light of Maoists bandh however; there is no alteration either in the movement of the trains or its departure timing. The long route private buses plying on the two end of the NH-33, Tata-Ranchi and Tata-West Bengal has felt the pinch with few of the buses staying off the roads nonetheless, the government buses heading for different destinations to Bihar in particular are running in full strenght. “We have pulled some of our buses off the road for the first day and will watch out for tomorrow,” said Jitendra, manager of the Konark bus.

Security step up in Kolhan, additional forces deployed
Jamshedpur : The rebel outfit CPI-Maoist has given a six-day Jharkhand, Chhatisgarh and Odisha bandh call to be effective from April 25 to protest the alleged atrocities on the villagers and forcible surrender. According to senior police officials, additional personnel have been deployed in Naxal-affected and bordering areas of the State. Police teams have been deployed at railway stations, bus stands and other crowded places. Besides, vehicles are being searched to avoid any untoward incident, they said.
Anti-landmine vehicle will be patrolling through the NH 33 area along with deployment of forces of CRPF and RAF. All police stations in the Naxal-infested areas of the district have been put on maximum alert. Extra security attention was being paid to protect vital installations, including property of railways, in the divisions. He went on to add that strict vigil on the bordering areas of Orissa and Bengal is being kept. Security forces have been deployed in large numbers at naxal-infested areas.
Police patrolling on the Maoist infested areas of the Ghatsila sub division have also been increased. Since in the past Railways have been the target of the ultras special focus is on to ensure strict security arrangements for Railways establishments. Railway authorities have sounded alert in Railway stations of CKP division. Special squads of RPF jawans and gangmen would be press into service to trace out landmines along railway tracks in the vulnerable division. Pilot engines would also lead the trains running through naxal infested areas. All the police stations in the three districts of the division including East and West Singhbhum and Seraikela Kharswan are on alert and patrolling has been intensified. Deputy inspector general of police, Kolhan, RK Dhan said they are taking all necessary precautionary measures in the twin-districts of Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan district in view of the rebel-sponsored bandh.
The railway police have also tightened the security arrangement in view of the six-day naxal bandh to be effective from April 24 midnight. ” We will intensify the track patrolling and keep strict vigilance on the passengers movement at all the railway stations including Tatanagar, Ghatshila, Ranchi, Chakradharpur, Hatia, Muri and Chandil,” said superintendent of railway police, Tatanagar, Mrityunjay Kishore. Kishore said that the railway police will be working in close co-ordination with the railway protection force and local police for maintaining vigilance at the railway track and also the railway stations beside other railway installations during the bandh.



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