The state government and Railways have sounded alert in Bihar and Jharkhand to keep watch on important installations in view of the foundation week being celebrated by the CPI-Maoists in Bihar and Jharkhand from September 21 to 27.
As per the reports, the outlawed outfit has given the call to celebrate their foundation week in Jharkhand and Bihar. It is apprehended that the Maoists might resort to some destructive activities to mark the weeklong celebrations.
The state administration has asked the district administration, particularly the Naxal-affected districts, to keep extra vigil during the Dussehra festivities sensing some serious consequences during the period.
According to DG (Headquarters Neelmani, a general alert has already been sounded across the state and all the SPs and SRPs have been directed to conduct raids on possible Maoists' hideouts in their respective areas. "Police are keeping a close watch on suspected Maoists and those lodged in different jails. We have issued instruction to arrest them immediately in case of suspicion. All wings of police have been alerted to keep a close vigil on places where the Maoists are likely to assemble during the week-long celebrations," he added.
Reports from Aurangabad and Gaya said that district police superintendents of the naxal-affected districts were maintaining continuous vigil and have stepped up long-range patrolling as part of precautionary measures. "We also collected information from our sources and started operation according to the information," a police officer said.
Top security officers of the Railway said that security agencies, including the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and the Government Rail Police (GRP) have been put on maximum alert to ensure proper security to the rail that usually happen to be the targets of Maoist attack under such circumstances. However, the rail administration had decided not to cancel any of the trains or divert the routes of the trains except intensifying security arrangements to counter any Maoist threat.
Railway officials also claimed that joint security arrangement with the GRP and RPF have been made to tackle the situation in the CIC section stations.