Maoist bandh evokes mixed response in Jharkhand
The 48-hour bandh called by Maoists has evoked mixed response in Kolhan region, comprising East and West Singhbhum and Saraikela-Kharswan districts of the state.india Updated: May 21, 2011 17:18 IST
The 48-hour bandh called by Maoists has evoked mixed response in Kolhan region, comprising East and West Singhbhum and Saraikela-Kharswan districts of the state.
While normal life was disturbed in naxal-affected Ghatsila sub-division (East Singhbhum), Chandil sub-division (Saraikela-Kharswan) and naxal stronghold areas of Manoharpur, Goilkela, Bangaon in West Singhbhum, the bandh had little impact in urban areas, including Jamshedpur.
The bandh was called in protest against police excess and the arrest of three senior Maoist leaders at Katihar in Bihar recently.
Road traffic was hit in the Kolhan region due to the the bandh as long-distance buses and commercial vehicles remained off the road, police said.
Loading and unloading activities in several private mines in West Singhbhum were also affected due to the bandh.
Railway sources said that rail services remained unaffected.
The district administrations made elaborate security arrangements to meet any eventuality during the bandh, intensifying patrolling in the Maoist strongholds.
Meanwhile, two Maoists surrendered before the police with arms and ammunition in naxal-hit Palamu district today.
31-year-old Zonal Commander Viswanath Singh alias Binuji and Area Commander Raja Paswan surrendered before the Palamu Superintendent of Police Anup T Mathew today, police said.
Both the naxalites were residents of Palamu district and surrendered alongwith one 9 mm automatic pistol, which was looted from security personnel in 2009, three rifles including a country made one, 100 cartridges of SLR and 12 live ones of 9mm pistol.
The surrendered Maoists have been sent to jail, the police said.