Few hours before BJP president Rajnath Singh was to address a rally along with LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan in Jamui, the police arrested a Maoist on the charge of trying to plant a landmine at Barhat police station area of the district, 12 kms from the rally venue at Jamui Chowk. The BJP president's rally was scheduled at Jamui at 3.30 pm on Thursday.
The man was arrested after the Maoist, identified as Adhik Yadav, went to a doctor for treatment after sustaining injuries in an accidental blast while trying to plant the landmine.
Police got the tip off and nabbed the Maoist from the doctor's clinic late Wednesday night. Jamui SP Jitendra Rana said that on the basis of Adhik's interrogation, police later raided a place in village Bhaluka under Barhat police station and recovered two detonators and large quantity of Maoist pamphlets for poll boycott. "he admitted that he was trying to plant the landmine and it went off," said the SP.
Jamui is an Maoist-affected area, where Maoists have already given poll boycott call. LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan's son Chirag Paswan is conte?sting from here against Bihar Assembly speaker Uday Narain Choudhary of the JD-U and RJD's Sudhanshu Shekhar Bhaskar. There are 11 candidates in the fray in Jamui.
"Adhik was also a named accused in the Maoist attack on Dhanbad-Patna inter-city express train, in which three persons, including two policemen, were killed and five weapons looted. The incident had taken place at Kundar halt close to Jamui station on Patna-Asansol mainline last year.
The area is close to extremist-affected Giridh in Jharkhand, which also goes to polls in the second phase on April 17, and Munger and Lakhisarai districts of Bihar. Munger and Lakhisarai have long history of Maoist violence, which claimed lives of several security personnel, including the then Munger SP late KC Surendra Babu in 2005.
Due to the hilly and forest terrain, movement of Maoists from one area to the other has been quite common. "We are carrying out combing operation in the area and coordinating with the neighbouring districts. Maoists may try to attack patrolling party as well and we are taking all precautions," said the Jamui SP.
In another incident, a hardcore Maoist was arrested on Thursday from Kharagpur police station area in Munger district, police said.
Acting on a specific input, the police raided a hide-out and nabbed Maoist Manoj Yadav, the SP Barun Kumar Kumar Sinha said.
Yadav was also wanted in connection with more than a dozen incidents of Maoist-related violence in the district, he said, adding Manoj had escaped from Bhimbundh jungle during a massive combing and search operation by the security forces two months ago.