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Maoist durbar triggers fear

Jamui/Bhagalpur, April 6: The Maoists yesterday organised a janata durbar in the Bishanpur forests in Jamui attended by more than 150 people from nearby villages.

The rebels for the first time organised such a durbar to convince the rural voters not to take part in the polling on April 10.

For police, it was not a new event in this Red-hit constituency but the fear of ongoing terror by the Naxalites was clearly reflected in the state’s one of the most influential ministers, Narendra Singh.

A native of Jamui, Narendra apprehended a threat on his life and that of local JD(U) activists from the Maoists.

On the evening of April 5, Narendra, who was in Bhagalpur, criticised the home department for not providing him with Z-plus security despite several requests.

“I have requested the Z-plus security to the home secretary and director-general of police but nothing has happened. Now, I have put the matter before the chief minister,” he told reporters.

He added that due to inadequate security, he has to face difficulty, especially while moving out in the Jamui constituency for campaigning.

He alleged that the JD(U) party workers and supporters were under the rebel scanner.

“Maoists are problems at Jamui and the entire district is under the strong grip of the rebels. If the poll on April 10 was not conducted under massive security cover, the untoward incidents could not be ruled out. They are giving poll boycott calls while putting posters and banners in rural pockets of Jamui,” Narendra added.


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