Maoists call for strike against n-deal Tuesday, alert in Jharkhand

July 21st, 2008 - 7:08 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

Ranchi, July 21 (IANS) Jharkhand was on alert ahead of a strike called by Maoist rebels Tuesday against the India-US nuclear deal, police said Monday. “An alert has been sounded in the state, particularly in the areas bordering West Bengal and Orissa,” a Jharkhand police spokesman said.

“We have already reviewed the security of the important places. We have issued an advisory to politicians covered under Z and Y category security,” he said.

Four police personnel were deployed at Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) chief Shibu Soren’s residence here.

The outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), opposing the nuclear deal, has called for a shutdown Tuesday, coinciding with the voting on the confidence motion presented by the Manmohan Singh government in the Lok Sabha.

The CPI-Maoist has also asked the JMM not to support the government in the trust vote, warning that the JMM MPs will meet the same fate that their MP Sunil Mahto met last year. Mahto was killed by rebels in March.

“JMM chief Shibu Soren will be exposed among people. Soren is trying to deceive the tribal people,” say posters put up by the rebels here.

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