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Jharkhand:Maoists launch poster war

Posted by Indian Vanguard on November 10, 2007

Dipankar Bose

GIRIDIH, Nov. 8: Maoist extremists have begun a poster campaign in Giridih district of Jharkhand, and Jamui districtof Bihar.
The campaign has been unleashed against the growing influence of the Grameen Suraksha Dal (GSD) or the village-level protection force formed by the villages of extremist-ridden Giridih.

Former chief minister and Koderma MP Mr Babulal Marandi, who is also a resident of Giridh, was one of the main persons behind the GSD’s formation. Maoists have been threatening him and his family members for a long time for their support to the movement targeted against the extremists.

The first round of posters was put up in Chatro Main Market on the night of 1 November, when a group of more than 50 extremists warned GSD members. Reports have been received about a second round of posters being splashed in about seven villages of Deuri block and three villages in Jamui. The posters, this time, have not only warned the GSD members but have also asked them to surrender before Maoist cadres.

In Chilkhari village of Deuri block, armed Maoists in the guise of CRPF personnel had fired indiscriminately on a crowd gathered to witness a cultural programme on the night of 25-26 October.

Through their posters, the Maoists have also expressed their condolences to the families of the “innocent” people, who died in the Chilkhari killings. They have termed the casualties as “unfortunate”.

The orders of surrender of GSD members in front of the outfit, only re-establishes the fact that the Maoists run a parallel government in the remote areas of Giridih, especially areas along the Bihar border. Frequent jan adalats (public hearings) are being organised in these areas. Deuri residents feel worse after the posters have come up.


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