Police, along with the Special Task Force and Central Reserve Police Force, conducted search operations in Barkhi Kandani hills of Bhimbandh Wildlife Sanctuary in Munger and destroyed rebel bunkers in the past 48 hours.
They also recovered arms and ammunition during the operation. Barun Kumar Sinha, the Munger superintendent of police, said: “Four bunkers were destroyed, while the police recovered 2,000 detonators, two dozen wireless sets, two dragon lights, a rifle, hundreds of blankets, 50 cartridges, electronic devices such as inverters, UPS, medicines for malaria and other articles of daily use.”
According to a recent alert by the home department (on the basis of intelligence inputs) to the district police of eastern Bihar, it was apprehended that the rebels could execute an operation, including targeting party candidates in the poll fray.
The rebels on Monday night put up posters in more than a dozen villages under Sono block in Jamui and urged the voters to boycott the poll on April 10.
The posters triggered panic among villagers at Lakhankayari, Duba, Sardhodih, Tilbaria, Gorba Matiyana, Amjari, Dhodhri and other places. In the posters, the rebels warned corrupt politicians and asked them to solve the problems of poor people and then ask for votes. Through the posters, the rebels urged the villagers not to go to the polling stations on April 10 and asked leaders not to go for campaigning.
“We have no choice but to obey the Maoists. Police or security forces are not the solution, they come and go but we have to stay here,” said a villager.
Jitendra Rana, the Jamui superintendent of police, however, said: “Such posters can hardly influence voters. We have completed our preparation for conducting peaceful polls on April 10.”
Maoist threat looms large on peaceful elections at Jamui and Munger where voting is scheduled on April 10 and 17 respectively despite police claims of preparedness of combating the Naxalites.