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Attack on BJP leader home

Gaya/Bhagalpur, Sept. 9: The one-day bandh of the CPI(Maoists) against the ongoing combing operations went off peacefully. But the rebels last evening ransacked a house of a BJP leader at Kochia Darbhanga village under the Imamganj police station of Gaya.

Hundreds of Maoists marched to the house of Dhanraj Sharma, the vice-president of the BJP in Gaya and a close confidante of the Assembly Speaker, to execute what the Maoists called “property attachment order” passed by a jana adalat.

According to Sharma, the rebels plundered the house. “Belongings, including grains, jewellery, furniture, a tractor and two motorcycles were either looted or torched. Even a glass is not left in my house,” he said.

Giving details of the attack, Sharma said the Maoists looted about 1,000 quintals of grains, including wheat, rice and pulses, 30 cattle, gold and silver ornaments of women of his joint family. Sharma put the total loss at about Rs 2 crore.

Gaya senior superintendent of police Amit Lodha put the loss of the Sharma family at about Rs 4 lakh. The loss claim being made by Sharma was highly exaggerated said Lodha.

A case against unknown persons has been registered in this connection.

Before leaving the house, the Maoists asked the house inmates to “persuade” Sharma to leave the Speaker’s company. Else they threatened an even serious action.

Assembly Speaker Udai Narain Chaudhary called the incident as “the manifestation of frustration on the part of the opponents who have been unnerved by my popularity in the area.”

Meanwhile, the one day bandh called by CPI(Maoists) had a mixed response in the Naxalite-hit districts of Lakhisarai, Jamui, Munger, Banka and Bhagalpur. No major incident was reported from the districts.

The police claimed that the bandh was a total failure. The district police, along with the CRPF personnel, carried out special combing operations against the rebels at Lakhisarai, Jamui, Munger and Banka forest and hilly terrains. Security forces also carried out air surveillance across the district.

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