Centre asks Naxal-hit states to tighten security

Alarmed by the sudden spurt in Maoist violence in Bihar and Jharkhand, the Centre has asked all Naxal-affected states to beef up security.

Last Updated: Dec 05, 2011, 23:57 PM IST

New Delhi: Alarmed by the sudden spurt in
Maoist violence in Bihar and Jharkhand, the Centre has asked
all Naxal-affected states to beef up security and deploy
additional forces in sensitive locations.

Officials sources said the Home Ministry advised Bihar,
Jharkhand, Orissa, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra
to intensify security in railway stations, bus terminus,
roads, bridges and other public places as the Maoists were
planning to target them with explosives as a mark of protest
after the killing of their leaders Kishenji.
The states and the Ministry of Railways were advised to
deploy additional forces and intensify vigil along railway
tracks to avoid any sabotage attempts by the Maoists.

The Centre advised the security forces to take maximum
precaution while travelling and going on any offensive against
the Naxals as the extremists may try to attack them with bombs
followed by gun fire, sources said.
The advisory same in the wake of CPI-Maoists observing a
two-day country-wide shutdown in protest against the killing
of Kishenji.

Yesterday, the Naxals had blown up railway tracks in
Jharkhand and setting afire a mobile tower in Bihar`s
Aurangabad district.

The Maoists had attacked the convoy of MP and former
Jharkhand assembly speaker Inder Singh Namdhari killing 10
police personnel and an eight-year-old boy in Latehar district
on Saturday.

Naxals also took away two SLR and eight Insas rifles, 900
rounds of bullets and a wireless set from the dead and injured
policemen.

PTI