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Maoist week alert in Bokaro

Bokaro, Dec. 4: District police joined CRPF, Cobra and Jharkhand Jaguars to patrol Maoist-infested zones of Bokaro after intelligence reports suggested a massive grouping of rebels, some of whom had travelled from neighbouring Bengal, Bihar and Odisha.

The Maoists, according to the reports the district police received from the special branch and CID headquarters, were observing Martyrs’ week beginning December 2.

According to sources, large number of Naxalites had gathered at Jhumra, Aman, Beltharwa, Chutte, Hurlung and Mahuatand zones in Gomia block, Itwabera and Degagadha at Upar Ghat in Nawadih block, Checharia, Titahi, Siyari More, Chandankurwa in Nimia and Tilaiya, Dubka, Pipra in areas bordering Bokaro and Hazaribagh.

Bermo DSP Santosh Kumar Pathak admitted there was a huge presence of Maoists in forest areas. “But we are prepared. With the help of CRPF, Cobra and others we are on them and hope to nab a few senior leaders soon,” he said.

According to sources, Maoists were moving about in groups of 30 to 40, which include armed guerrillas. These groups are in touch with other groups over mobile phones.