Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Karma ? Maoist guerillas blow up school buildings in south Bihar

Indian is witnessing Taliban type violence in almost 200 districts ! Maoist Guerrillas are blowing up schools and hijacking trains. Is someone paying them back or is it Karma ?

Munger : In an attempt to scare villagers before the April 16 elections, armed Maoist guerillas blew up a two-storied primary school building at remote Bhimband area in this extremist-dominated south Bihar district early today.

Superintendent of Police Ram Anurag Singh told UNI here that about 35-40 armed ultras raided the remote village, situated about 140 km from here inside a forest area at arond 0500 hours, and blew up the newly-constructed two-storied school building.

They planted a number of powerful explosives inside the school building to cause the maximum damage, he said.

Before leaving, the guerillas fired several rounds in the air to scare the villagers and left behind a few leaflets of the underground organisation.

This was the second attack on a school building by the ultras in the district in about a week. Earlier, they had destroyed yet another school building in a simiar fashion. However, none was injured in either cases.

Police launched a massive combing operation in the area to nab the ultras, though none could be arrested so far, the SP said.

The Maoists had gunned down the then SP K C Surendra and five other police personnel in the same village a few years ago.

Bihar: Maoists attack BSF, 30 per cent voter turnout

Bihar witnessed a second round of red terror during the first phase of polling in the afternoon. Over 50 Maoist guerillas locked horns with the BSF in Rohtas district. The rebels killed two security men in Gaya in the morning.
CJ: Shyamal Sarkar, 16 Apr 2009 Views:394 Comments:0

BIHAR RECORDED a voter turnout of over 30 per cent in the first phase of the general elections in 13 of the state's 40 Lok Sabha constituencies on Thursday (April 16) even as Maoist rebels struck for the second time today.

In the afternoon Naxalites stormed a second polling station in Rohtas district. Over 50 armed Maoists attacked a polling station at Koriari in Rohtas, about 150 kilometres from Patna, the police brass told the local media. The rebels had a run in with the Border Security Force (BSF) deployed in the area. No casualty was reported till last reports came in.

Earlier in the day over a dozen Maoists opened fire at a polling station in Singhpur village, in Banke Bazaar police station area in Gaya district, nearly 130 kilometres from Patna. A policeman and a home guard were gunned down. Two police personnel were said to be missing. The rebels disappeared with electronic voting machines and four rifles. Six people including two women voters were injured and had to be hospitalised.

The two killed were identified as Vishambhar Choudhary of the Bihar police and Ramdeo Khair a home guard. In another incident a landmine explosion triggered by Maoist rebels injured the district president of Janata Dal-United (JD-U) in Jamui district.

The administration ought to have got wind of what was about to come on the polling day today because Maoists stormed a BSF camp in the wee hours of Wednesday in Rohtas.

Over a 100 Maoist guerillas, armed with rocket launchers, were reported to have attacked a BSF camp in Bhansa Ghati in Rohtas district at about 1.40 am. The encounter lasted for more than three-and-a-half hours. One BSF jawan was injured and over half a dozen Maoists were believed to have been killed in the counter-attack, police told reporters. The BSF camp was set up for the first phase of the elections.

Polling in most constituencies began on a slow note in the morning. The first four hours of polling witnessed less than 10 per cent turnout of voters in Bihar. Polling began at 7 am and after over three hours, most of the constituencies were said to have registered a measly between five to eight per cent voter turnout, while some recorded around 10 percent. The average rose to 15 to 18 percent by noon. The turnout of voters picked up in the afternoon when between 28 and 32 per cent voting was recorded.

Indian Maoist Hijack Train

Maoists have taken over a train carrying about 300 passengers, on the eve of the second round of voting in Indian national elections.

At least 200 Maoists launched their raid on the train on Wednesday in Jharkhand province and forced the driver to take it to Latehar station, police said.

The group later fled into the jungle, after which police released passengers on the Mugalsaria to Barkakana train at Daltangunj railway station, Jharkhand.

Sarvendu Tathagat, a local government official, said: "All the passengers have been released and they are safe.

"They [the Maoists] left the train and fled into the jungles."

The hijack comes five days after voters in Jharkhand went to the polls as part of the first phase of national elections. The state is set for a second stage of elections on Thursday.

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