Security beefed up in Jharkhand

June 21st, 2009 - 8:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Ranchi, June 21 (IANS) Security has been beefed up in Jharkhand in view of the two-day strike called by the Maoist rebels in five states to protest “Lalgarh operation” being undertaken by security forces in West Bengal.
“Security has been beefed up in the state, particularly in Maoist infested districts and in areas bordering West Bengal,” a police official told IANS, adding security personnel are on high alert in bordering areas.

“We suspect Maoist could sneak into Jharkhand from Lalgarh,” the official added.

Jharkhand police has also issued an advisory to district police chiefs regarding precautions to be taken during the strike. Police personnel have been asked to be careful during Long Range Patrolling (LRP). Maoist rebels in last ten days have killed 28 security personnel in three districts of the state.

Meanwhile, police raided a Maoist bunker in the state’s Giridih district, and seized 100 kg of explosives. Police suspect that the explosives were brought in light of the two day Maoist strike beginning Monday.

Maoist guerrillas are active in 18 of the 24 districts of Jharkhand. Nearly 1,500 people have been killed in Maoist-related violence in the last eight years.

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