| One of the pamphlets left by the Maoists. Picture by Suman |
Maoists on Monday pasted pamphlets in the district threatening to kill BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi and torched a mobile tower.
The pamphlets, which also appealed for people’s support to enforce their 24-hour Magadh bandh on Monday, were found pasted at six places in a 5-km radius of the mobile tower’s site under the jurisdiction of Kothi police station, around 75km southwest of the Gaya district headquarters.
Others threatened in the list were BJP leaders Dr C.P. Thakur, and Giriraj Singh apart from JD(U) MLA Ranvijay Singh and JD(U) MP Sushil Kumar Singh.
They protested against Operation Green Hunt and alleged police atrocities on innocent villagers for being “Maoist sympathisers”. The pamphlets were pasted in areas under the jurisdiction of Imamganj and Dumaria police stations in Sherghati sub-division of the district.
Through the pamphlet, the rebels ordered the special police officers to refrain from passing information to the police or be ready to meet the same fate as an alleged police informer who they recently killed.
Maoists pasted pamphlets at the passenger sheds at Simaria village and Zhikatia under Imamganj police station and Maigra under Dumaria police station area. In it, Maoists named some public representatives, including a state-level leader and alleged them to be of feudal mentality. Maoists have appealed to the common people to teach these public representatives a lesson. A CRPF officer has also been named for allegedly causing damage to the Maoists.
Gaya senior superintendent of police Nishant Kumar Tiwari said high alert had been sounded in the district. Adequate police forces have been deployed in vulnerable areas. The district police also co-ordinated with the railway police force to keep tabs on Maoist bids to damage railway tracks or attack on trains.