Jamshedpur, Aug. 2: After a lull, CPI(Maoist) rebels today began a poster campaign at Chowka in Seraikela-Kharsawan amid their ongoing martyrs’ week, prompting the police and paramilitary forces to launch a combing operation in the area.
The posters, bearing anti-CRPF messages in red ink, were pasted on the boundary walls of school buildings and at marketplaces as well as in Chaulibasa and Ghagri villages in the interiors of Chowka, known to be an industrial hub and also a Naxalite stronghold.
The posters condemned the CRPF and bore names of those who had been killed by the police or paramilitary forces. Some slogans denounced the alleged atrocities committed by the CRPF jawans against innocent villagers, especially youngsters.
The police suspect the rebels pasted the posters between 3am and 4am. The posters were first noticed by policemen at Chowka More around 6am. They were removed immediately.
“We learnt about the posters in the interiors of Chowka around 10am. We are not sure if there is any other place in Chowka, where the campaign has been carried out,” said Seraikela-Kharsawan superintendent of police (SP) Upendra Kumar.
The Maoist martyrs’ week, which began on July 28, ends tomorrow. Kumar added that the police began a combing operation in the forest areas of Chowka jungle this morning itself, apart from sending troops to Palna dam too.
The SP pointed out that Chowka falls under the domain of dreaded Maoist zonal commander Kundan Pahan.
According to intelligence sources, the rebels were holding small meetings at a number of places in West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan.