Shutdown call by Maoists’ disrupts normal life in Bihar
Gaya (Bihar), Jan.27 (ANI): Normal life was disrupted in most parts
Bihar on Monday due to a shutdown called by Maoists. The Divisional
Magistrate of state transport, Ashok Kumar, expressed helplessness over
the situation in Bihar’s Gaya district. “Maoists have called shutdown in
Magadh area, because of which we have stopped all the transport,” he
said. A tourist in Gaya, Surya Pratap, expressed inconvenience caused
due to the shutdown. “Today we have no transport here, we are troubled
as there are no buses and we are facing a lot of difficulties in
commuting,” Surya Pratap said.
Armed Maoists attack police outpost, forced to retreat
Gaya: Armed Maoists attacked and opened fire on the Chakrabandha
police outpost under Dumariya police station of Bihar’s naxal-hit Gaya
district yesterday but an alert security forces retaliated forcing the
ultras to flee, a police officer said. The Maoists opened fire on the
police outposts which over 100 CRPF and Bihar police officials
retaliated, Senior Superintendent of Police Nishant Kumar Tiwari said.
The security forces return fires forced the ultras to flee in the
darkness, he said. There is no report of casaulty from either sides in
the exchange of fire, the SSP said.
Frequent threats from rebels worry UCIL officials
JAMSHEDPUR: In the wake of Maoist posters appearing every now and
then on heavy vehicles that ferry Uranium ore from Bagjata mines to
Jadugora processing unit, in adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan district, the
Uranium Corporation of India Ltd (UCIL) has expressed apprehensions
over excavation work. The company has said if posters with warnings
continue to appear on the trucks for long the uranium excavation work
shall be hampered here. For the last several weeks, posters instructing
transporters to stop ferrying uranium ore from the Bagjata mines have
been appearing on the trucks at regular intervals causing fear and
tension among the transporters.
The CPI (Maoist) squad leaders have threatened transporters with dire
consequences if they continue to do business with the UCIL as local
people are allegedly opposed to the excavation work at Bagjata. “We are
experiencing a modest slowdown in transportation work owing to Maoist
threats and probably the enrichment work will suffer in the long run if
they (rebels) continue doing the same in the future,” said chairman and
managing director of UCIL, Diwakar Acharya. The banned outfit had been
demanding permanent jobs for the locals in the company as compensation
against land acquisition in Bagjata is already mired in controversy.
“Over 150 displaced families in Bagjata are yet to be compensated but
the company refuses to recognize them as oustees,” said a member of the
Jharkhand Krantikari Mazdoor Union apparently confirming Maoists demand.
Former Salwa Judum leader shot dead by Maoists
RAIPUR: A former Salwa Judum leader was on Tuesday shot dead
allegedly by Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, police said.
Bodhiram Machhi (55) was killed when he was going for work at an under
construction stop dam in Bendre police station limits of the district,
Bijapur deputy superintendent of police Sukhnandan Rathore told PTI.
Prominent in his native area for strongly opposing the Maoists, Machhi
was working as a construction worker. He was shot dead by around 10
armed Maoists, the DSP said. Soon after the incident, police team was
sent to the spot to retrieve the body, he said.