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Jharknhand Naxalite threat to railway

Jamshedpur, Feb. 5: Intensified Naxalite activities in Ghatshila subdivision of East Singhbhum district may disrupt the train communication between Kharagpur and Tatanagar.

The stretch of 85-km railway line between Jhargram and Asanboni on the Tatanagar-Kharagpur section under Chakradharpur railway division has become vulnerable to rebel attacks, said intelligence sources.

According to the sources, the CPI (Maoist) activists are likely to step up their activities in and around Ghatshila subivisional area and their prime target could be railways.
Over the past few months, Maoists have consolidated their position in Ghatshila, Dhalbhumgarh and MGM police station areas bordering Bengal.

“As the Ghatshila, Dhalbhumgarh and MGM areas of East Singhbhum district share border with the rebel-dominated Bandwan and Belhpahari areas in Bengal, the Naxalites have got a golden opportunity to operate in Jharkhand by using the hilly terrain,” the intelligence sources told The Telegraph.

According to a source, the rebel attack on a Kharagpur-bound train near Chakulia railway station on December 10 morning was just the tip of the iceberg. He added that the rebels held numerous meetings at Ghatshila, Belpahari and Bandwan to make inroads in the rural areas after the attack on the train near Chakulia.

Deputy inspector-general of police, (Kolhan), C.P. Kiran, told The Telegraph the number the rebels in the Ghatshila subdivision was on the rise, but the administration was taking necessary steps to tame the Naxalites.

“We know that rebels’ activities at Ghatshila subivisional area are on the rise, but we are taking the necessary steps. The results can be seen shortly,” said the deputy inspector-general.
Meanwhile, the police are trying to bring hardcore Naxalite leader Sobhan Mardi into mainstream after compelling his sister and dreaded rebel Kapra Mardi to surrender before the police.
The Ghatshila subdivisional police officer, S.K. Burnwal, said the surrendered rebel narrated before the police how she was being sexually exploited by Naxalites along with other young women. He hoped her account would help unfold the real face of the Maoists.


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posted by Bimal 6.2.07,


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