Shutdown call by Maoist rebels cripples normal life in Jharkhand
Latehar, June 23 (ANI): A day-long shutdown called by Maoist rebels crippled normal life in Jharkhand as vehicles remained off roads and shops closed on Tuesday. Educational institutions, banks and other public installations also remained closed as precautionary measures and out of fear. The daily wage earners were hit the hardest as people preferred to stay indoors. The rebels had given the shutdown call in Latehar and neighbouring districts to protest the killing of their 12 colleagues by police earlier this month. In a press release, the rebels alleged that police killed them in a fake encounter. Train services were also hit as many trains were running late.
Maoists blow off bridge in Jharkhand
Around 25 Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres under Mithileshji’s dalam (squad) allegedly blew up the bridge over Konar river in Churchu block, 50 kilometres from District headquarters of Hazaribagh District on June 22, ahead of their bandh (general shut down) call on June 23, reports The Telegraph. The Maoists issued a bandh diktat for Jharkhand, Bihar and Chhattisgarh to protest against the recent Palamau encounter. The bridge, built four years ago, had cost INR Seven million. State Director-General (DG) of Police D.K. Pandey, who was in Hazaribagh, confirmed beefing up security for the Maoist bandh.
Further while observing two day bandh (shutdown strike) across Bihar, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh, the Maoists burnt down eight tractors at Agrail village in Vaishali District and set ablaze a mobile tower at Gausganj village near Paliganj in Patna on June 23 in separate incidents, reports NDTV.