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Legislators in line of Maoist fire

Police have cautioned the MLAs and the MLCs from the district of possible Ma- oist attacks.

Some of the disclosures made by three rebels, including members of special area committee of CPI(Maoist) such as Ram Pravesh Baitha, Pravesh Mishra and Rajiv Ranjan from Kodarkatta village on February 16, have sent the district police into a tizzy.

Rana Brajesh Singh, the additional superintendent of police, Muzaffarpur (operations), said the rebels have spread their base and operations to western parts of Muzaffarpur and Vaishali districts. After interrogation, the Special Task Force, which had laid a trap to arrest the three rebels, have clues about what the Maoists were up to.

Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Saurav Kumar said all the MLAs and the MLCs have been cautioned about the motive of the Naxalites. The Muzaffarpur police have requested the people’s representatives to avoid going out after sunset. The legislators have been asked to inform the police stations concerned and the station house officers about their visits to the rural areas.

“The SHOs have been directed to keep a watch on the visits of the MLAs and the MLCs under their jurisdiction,” the SSP said.

Sources said the rebels have been hiding at Hajipur in Vaishali district for a long time. The arrested rebels have confessed to the additional SP, Rana Brajesh Singh, who was leading a team of interrogators that they have been planning “attacks”.

The Special Task Force has a whiff that the rebels were laying landmines for some legislators. In 2009, Maoists had killed five policemen on the eve of the Lok Sabha polls in Deoriya.

Police have seized documents from the possession of the rebels suspecting a strategy to aim MLAs namely Ashok Kumar Singh, Raju Singh, Dinesh Prasad Kushwaha, Manoj Kushwaha, Dinesh Prasad Singh, Ram Surat Rai and Veena Devi.

“The legislators have been alerted. Bodyguards and gunmen of the legislators, too, have been informed about the perceived threat from the rebels,” the SSP said.

Dinesh Prasad Kushwaha, the JD(U) MLA from Minapur, said his constituency has been in the grip of Maoists and he is preferring constraint when he is out on his campaigns.

“Whenever I visit a village in my constituency, I try to return before sunset. I also inform the police officials concerned of Minapur,” said Kushwaha.

The BJP MLA from Paroo, Ashok Kumar Singh, said he fears threat to life from the rebels. “The rebels had targeted my house in Paroo in 2010. I didn’t disclose my visit to the constituency as it is largely invaded by rebels,” said Ashok.

Voicing concern, Raju Singh, the JD(U) MLA from Sahebganj, said he was on the hit list of the rebels because he had resisted their organisational activities in the western part of the district.

“The combing operation against the rebels should be effective and regular,” he said.


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