Jamshedpur: A high alert has been sounded in the district in the wake of Maoists observing ‘Sthapna Diwas’. Banned outfit CPI-Maoist which came into existence after the merger of rebel outfit People’s War Group with another rebel outfit Maxist Communist Centre (MCC). The merger had taken place on September 21, 2004 and ever since then the CPI-Maoist has been observing the establishment week every year beginning from September 21. Police said apart from ensuring deployment of addition police and paramilitary forces, the combing operations and patrolling has been intensified to check the possibility of entry of Maoists from neighbouring states. Officials said that the police have also intensified the efforts for strengthening security arrangements especially on the routes used by Maoists to enter the naxal infested areas.
Deputy inspector general of police (Kolhan), R K Dhan said that the police and para-military forces have been put on high alert in the twin districts of Singhbhum and also in Seraikela-Kharsawan districts in view of the Maoist rebels observing the establishment day. An officer said that the government railway police (GRP) in close co-operation of the railway protection force (RPF) has stepped up security of trains and also the railway track at the naxal belt. According to intelligence sources, the rebels are trying to observe the anniversary by organising small meetings at a number of places in West Singhbhum and adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan district, and Chowka jungle is one of the probable venue for such meeting.
“High profile security arrangements have been made this time. The recent murders in the city are also one of the prime reasons for the additional deployment of security forces. JAP commandos have been deployed to thwart any untoward incident. Moreover, all the key installations in the city will also be under the hawk-eyed vigil of the police,” said a senior district official.The police and administrative machineries are gearing up to security arrangement after putting the police stations in all these three districts under Kolhan on high alert.
Special checking drive is being organised at the border areas of the city. Close vigil is being kept at the strategic locations like markets, bus stands and hotels. The authorities at hotels have been asked to report to the nearest police station on any suspicious person. The police are continuously patrolling the road outside on foot and in vans. Superintendent of police, Seraikela-Kharsawan said that the security arrangement was being made keeping the history of this rebel-infested district in view. “This time extra vigilance will be maintained in the naxal-infested areas like Chowka, Chandil, Kuchai and Kharsawan. We have made necessary security arrangement to tackle the Maoists threat perception,” said the SP, Seraikela Kharsawan.
Maoist Foundation Day: police on alert
The Srikakulam Police is on high alert to prevent any possible Maoist activity along the Andhra Pradesh-Odisha border in the wake of the Maoist Foundation Day celebrations that began from Monday and is expected to continue till September 27. The Police Department has got reliable information that the banned organisation is trying to get foothold again in the district where the naxals movement started in 1969. Although the insurgency was down for the last few decades, sympathisers continued to stay in many places.
According to sources, Maoists formed Odisha-Srikakulam committee recently to intensify operations in many pockets. It prompted the district administration to keep additional APSP forces in place such as Dhonubhai, Kotturu, Battili, Meliyaputti, Mandasa, Kasibugga, Vajrapukotturu and other areas which are very close Odisha forest area. SP AS Khan is constantly monitoring the situation, following a directive from DGP J.V. Ramudu. Meanwhile, the district public representatives have been asked not to move without the support of guards. “Coordination meetings between AP and Odisha police are being conducted regularly to intensify concerted efforts to prevent the Maoist activity in border areas. We are exchanging crucial information regularly,” he added. Eight sensitive places identified all along the AP-Odisha border