Bokaro, Oct. 9: Maoists dared the police to join their ranks and act “for the people and not against them” in computer-generated Hindi posters stuck late last night in Gomia and Jharkhand Chowk near Nawadih, all of which were hastily removed this morning.
The Naxalite poster attack in an area where security forces launched an offensive to purge Maoism code-named Operation Green Hunt, is significant for many reasons.
One, it is for the first time that the posters were not written by hand but computer-generated printouts, with the words in red, signifying greater tech access of rebels.
Two, in the five-point demand charter, the police were baited cunningly with words — agrah hai ki janta ki seva karein — to paint them as anti-people. Posters told the police to stop firing at poor people and end Operation Greenhunt.
Three, the posters were stuck in densely populated places. Three posters were pasted barely 200m from Gomia thana on a tea stall and sweet shop. Three more were put up at Jharkhand Chowk, the busiest market under Bokaro Thermal thana near Nawadih.
Gomia and Jharkhand Chowk are 55km and 50km from Bokaro steel city.
The Telegraph had carried an exclusive report on October 8 on Maoists in Gomia and Bokaro Thermal areas.
Bokaro SP Kuldip Dwivedi, however, downplayed the event, calling it “attention-seeking behaviour born out of frustration”.
“District police and CRPF are on high alert,” the SP added.