Mixed response to Maoist bandh in Jharkhand

A 48-hour bandh called by the Maoists has evoked mixed response in Kolhan region, comprising East and West Singhbhum and Saraikela -Kharswan districts of the state.

Medininagar (Jharkhand): A 48-hour bandh
called by the Maoists has evoked mixed response in Kolhan
region, comprising East and West Singhbhum and Saraikela
-Kharswan districts of the state.

While normal life was affected in naxal-affected
Ghatsila sub-division (East Singhbhum), Chandil sub-division
(Saraikela-Kharswan) and naxal stronghold areas of Manoharpur,
Goilkela, Bangaon in West Singhbhum, the bandh hardly had any
impact in urban areas, including Jamshedpur.

The bandh was called in protest against police excess
and the arrest of three senior Maoist leaders at Katihar in
Bihar recently.

Road traffic was hit in the Kolhan region due to the
the bandh as long-distance buses and commercial vehicles
remained off the road, police said.

Loading and unloading activities in several private
mines in West Singhbhum were also affected due to the bandh.

Railway sources said that rail services remained
unaffected.

The district administrations have made elaborate
security arrangements to meet any eventuality during the bandh
and intensified patrolling in the Maoist stronghold areas.

Meanwhile, two Maoists surrendered before the police
with arms and ammunition in naxal-hit Palamu district today.

31-year-old Zonal Commander Viswanath Singh alias
Binuji and Area Commander Raja Paswan have surrendered before
the Palamu Superintendent of Police Anup T Mathew today,
police said.

Both the naxalites were residents of Palamu district
and surrendered alongwith one 9mm automatic pistol, which was
looted from security personnel in 2009, three rifles including
one country made, 100 cartridges of SLR and 12 live cartridges
of 9mm pistol.

The surrendered Maoists have been sent to jail, the
police said.

PTI

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