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Bandh throws life out of gear

The second day of the Maoist-sponsored 48-hour bandh threw normal life in the rural parts of Jamui district out of gear.

The eastern Bihar-northern Jharkhand special area committee of the CPI(Maoist) called a 48-hour bandh from Sunday in protest against the arrest of 17 villagers.

Jamui police, during a search operation on February 4, unearthed a training camp of rebels inside Harni forest under the jurisdiction of Kharia police station in the district and recovered arms and ammunition.

Seventeen people were arrested from the forest during the search operation.

Normal life in Jhajha was disrupted as business establishments, schools and others remained closed on the second consecutive day on Monday. Sources said when some shopkeepers tried to open their business establishments on Monday morning, they were threatened by some youths.

Jhajha police, however, refused to comment.

Public transport was withdrawn from the roads of Chakai, Simultala, Sono, Charka Pathar and Khaira blocks in Jamui.

On Sunday evening, the rebels misidentified a vehicle as police van and fired on it near Parsando village in Munger district. The incident has created panic among private vehicle owners.

Munger superintendent of police Barun Kumar Sinha said Abhay Shanker Singh, a resident of Bariarpur in Munger, suffered injuries in the firing.

The bandh has its effect in Maoist-affected pockets of the districts like Lakhisarai, Munger and Banka.

Though a few shops and other establishments remained open in the rural areas but fear-stricken people avoided to come out on the streets.

Public transport in the areas was completely out off the roads.

“I did not go to attend my nephew’s wedding at Khaira in Jamui owing to non-availability of public transportation,” Binod Ravidas, a resident at Katoria in Banka, said.


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