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State on alert for martyr week

Ranchi, Dec. 2: The state police have been put on high alert, as Peoples’ Liberation Guerrilla Army observes Martyrdom Week, starting today, in honour of slain leaders of the CPI (Maoist), during which they are likely to execute attacks on security forces, police stations, camps and also disrupt vehicular movement.

The Union ministry of home affairs had recently asked Naxalite-hit states to be extra cautious.

Accordingly, the police headquarters in Ranchi has intimated superintendents of police (SP) across the state to beef up security and intensify patrolling along rail tracks, highways and such other places that are vulnerable to rebel attack.

“The orders received from the police headquarters in the capital are being followed. So far, no untoward incident has been reported. We are fully prepared to deal with the situation,” said Palamau SP Narendra Kumar Singh.

Singh’s counterparts in Simdega, Latehar and Garhwa districts, too, maintained that everything was peaceful in their respective areas.

They added that the search operations were going on in full swing and the railway tracks were given special attention.

According to insiders, the Naxalite-hit states have also launched co-ordinated efforts in the bordering areas. The presence of large number of CRPF jawans in Chhatisgarh will be an additional advantage during search operations, said a source.

“The threats posed during Martyrdom Week are much different from the ones during bandhs called by Maoists outfits. During strikes, its is a matter of one or may be two days. But, this is a week’s challenge for us. However, strict vigilance had facilitated peaceful celebrations of Statehood Day. We believe that the Martyrdom Week, which ends on December 8, too will pass off peacefully,” hoped a senior officer at the police headquarters.

Palamau inspector-general R.K. Mallick echoed him. “Our men are doing their job sincerely. I believe that the Martyrdom Week will pass off without any difficulty,” he added.