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Villagers shoot letter to CM over rebel fear

Villagers of Bamdha have written to the chief minister not to withdraw the police picket from their village because they fear rebels.

In their letter to Nitish Kumar through Jamui district magistrate Sashikant Tiwary the villagers of Bamdah under Chandramandi police station in Jamui have stated that in 2006, a Bihar Military Police (BMP) camp was established after the rebels killed four persons in the village.

The villagers stated in the letter that “the reason best known to policy makers the camp was being shifted”.

The villagers also pointed out about their struggle in convincing district authorities concerned to roll back the decision of shifting the camp.

“Because of our active protests against the shifting of the camp, we came under the radar of the Maoists who have vouched for the heads of four villagers. We apprehend untoward incidents. So, it would not be wise to shift the camp from Bamdah,” the villagers stated in the letter.

Located beside the Batiya Valley, the Bamdha village is a safe corridor for Maoists. Tucked in the most inaccessible terrains in the dense forests, the rebels have been utilising the valley not only as a hideout but also for escaping to the bordering Giridih district of Jharkhand.

The people of Bamdah have been under the scanner of rebels for long.

In 2006, Maoists killed a village chowkidar, Baso Paswan, during the Ram Navami mela in the village and also killed Samir Barnawal, Umesh Barnawal, Sukdev Sha and Bishundev Sha, all traders at Bamdah market. The Maoists suspected them to be police informers.

The then Jamui superintendent of police (SP), Binay Kumar, had set up the camp at the house of Samir Barnwal after panic-stricken villagers started migrating.

When asked about the fate of the camp, Jamui SP Jitendar Rana said: “Since providing safety to the people is the prime duty of the police, the camp would not move from the village as of now.”

On the Maoist threat, he said “it’s nuisance”.

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