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Combing operation intensified in Patamda

Jamshedpur, Aug. 5: Police have stepped up vigil in the Lailam panchayat area and adjacent Patamda block where suspected Naxalites gunned down JMM leader Doren Singh Munda yesterday.

East Singhbhum superintendent of police Naveen Kumar said the rebels had neither claimed responsibility for Munda’s murder nor denied it. “We are investigating the case and trying to find more evidence,” he said.

Sources revealed that even a day after the JMM leader was killed, the police were clueless and struggling to find a lead in the case.

Patamda has seen a spurt in Maoist activities over the past few days. On August 1, rebels torched two trucks in Bhadodih village. Earlier, they had launched a poster campaign in Patamda and Nimdih blocks banning sale of marijuana and liquor.

“Naxalite-sponsored violence has become a frequent affair. It is difficult for us to live in this village. More so when the police swoop on our villages and pick up innocent people on the basis of suspicion,” said Ramesh Mahto, a resident of Lailam, who is staying at a relative’s house in Sonari since yesterday.

As police and paramilitary forces started combing operation in the villages of Patamda today, many, particularly youths, fled their homes fearing harassment. Police have denied the allegation of false implications.

Meanwhile, the JMM leader was cremated at his native village in Lailam.

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