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Alert after rebels call 24-hour bandh

Security has been beefed up in eastern Bihar districts in view of the 24-hour bandh called by CPI(Maoist) from midnight on Wednesday.

The spokesperson of the eastern Bihar and northern Jharkhand zonal committee of CPI(Maoist), Laljit Koda, through a media release on Tuesday, declared a 24-hour bandh from midnight of January 22 to midnight of January 23 against the brutality of forces.

Koda alleged that on January 5, some members of PLGA (People Liberation Guerrilla Army) were resting after dinner while some went to collect water from a dam near the forest at Patakchak when forces encircled and fired at them.

Koda further alleged that the forces nabbed Joseph Hansda, a member of Jansangathan, a wing of the Maoists, and later killed him in a fake encounter. He accused the police of torturing innocent villagers in the name of an operation against Maoists and rubbished the claim that rebels took away bodies of two killed Maoists.

Fearing more attacks, Jamui police along with Nawada police have initiated a search operation in the areas where Jamui borders Nawada district.

Maoist held

Mantu Paswan, son of Laldev Paswan, self-styled zonal commander of a banned Naxalite outfit, was arrested from the Patna Medical College and Hospital premises on Wednesday. Patna senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaaj said Mantu was going to meet his father.


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