Even as the state is going to polls on May 7 and hectic campaigning currently underway in the constituencies, the discovery of some Maoist posters pasted on the walls in some areas of Almora has set alarms bells ringing.
A case in this regard was registered in Almora on Saturday. Superintendent of police (SP) Ashok Kumar Bhatt confirmed the incident and said a case has been registered against unknown persons for putting up the posters. “Posters were found at Chaughan Pata, Dharanaula near the Collectorate premises,” he said.
Additional director general of police Ram Singh Meena said, “The police is trying to ascertain the identity of the persons who prepared the posters. These are handwritten posters and therefore we are trying to ascertain who wrote them.” Meena also added that after this development vigil in the area has been stepped up.
According to police the Maoists have called for a change in the system and turn Uttarakhand into a Red bastion. They have also mocked the parliamentary democracy and called for a revolution.
Notably, Uttarakhand had seen Maoist activities in the past and the police claim to have busted a module in 2004 in Bindukhatta by raiding a camp.
In August 2013, an Uttarakhand origin student, identified as Hem Mihsra was arrested from Gadhchiroli in Maharashtra on charges of being a Maoist courier. Prashant Rahi, who was earlier jailed was again arrested in Gondia district of Maharashtra in October 2013 for alleged Maoist activities.
The Uttarakhand police have said that special vigil would be maintained in some areas of Kumaon and along the Indo Nepal border where Maoists activities were reported earlier.