Saturday, March 1, 2014

India - people's war advances!

Six policemen killed in Naxal attack
A Station House Officer (SHO) and five police personnel were on Friday killed in a Naxal ambush in Maoist-hit Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh. The incident took place when a police patrol party headed by SHO, Kuwakonda, Vivek Shukla was on way to Shyamgiri Hills for security of an under-construction road near Kuwakonda-Bacheli, a senior police official told PTI. The patrol team comprising around 10 police jawans was moving on motorcycles when armed rebels opened indiscriminate firing on them, resulting in the death of SHO Shukla and five other policemen on the spot, he said.
Naxal threat a major worry in the run up to Lok Sabha elections in Jharkhand
New Delhi: Jharkhand is a highly Naxal-infested state and providing security during elections in the rebel strongholds is a big headache for the state police and paramilitary forces. Almost 67 police stations in 15 districts have become Naxal hotbeds where the rebels target their opponents with ease, sources in the state administration have told IBNLive. Even political leaders find it very difficult to carry out their campaign in these areas with the Naxals routinely issuing threats and giving a call to boycott the election process.
They are known to ruthlessly enforce their diktats in the rural areas with many booths witnessing zero polling. The biggest worry for the administration is to provide security to candidates and ensure that people come out in large numbers on the voting day. While security at polling booths is usually adequate, the route that voters undertake is highly vulnerable. Polling parties, too, are soft targets.

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