Two major naxalite attacks occur at football matches

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Ranchi, Oct 27 (UNI) Soccer tournaments do not augur well for Jharkhand. Now it's seen as an ominous danger.

Jamshedpur MP Sunil Mahto was gunned down along with four others by naxals after a soccer match on March four. Today the Maoists chose the same opportune moment to massacre 18 people in the state at a function at end the of a football tournament.

On both occasions security personnel were taken by surprise as naxals waited patiently till dusk to prevail in the killing of Mr Mahto, while today's ghastly incident took place at well past mid night tonight.

Former Chief Minister Babulal Marandi, whose younger son Anup, married in June, was among 18 killed at Giridih today, alleged that there was no proper security measure at the militant infested areas.

Mr Marandi said how the policemen on duty could leave the place while the function was going making the venue vulnerable.

No sooner had few policemen, deployed for protection of the militant-dominated locality, left the spot by past mid night last night led by officer-in-charge than the about 35-member militant group unleashed their attack, rendering the scene of songs and dance a melee.

SP Arun Kumar at Giridih admitted security lapse at the site adding the ultras camouflaged as spectators were waiting patiently for an opportune moment to strike.

On March 4, the Jamshedpur MP was invited as chief guest at a soccer match at remote village at Baguria bordering Orissa.

A large number of ultras, including women cadres, were among the crowd. The women cadres posing as simple village girls sat on the dias while some of them stood behind the slain MP's four body guards.

With dusk prevailing, the women cadres overpowered the body leaving the other group members to open random firing.

They even fired on the tyres of the MP's vehicle leaving no chance to the victims to escape.

A series of meetings were held by the concerned government to review the security measures of the VIPs.

Senior police oficers and home department officials expressed concern over some of the MLAs and Ministers' attitude to follow the dont's and donts in terms of their safety rules.

Recently Deputy Chief Minister Sudhir Mahto's convoy was attacked at Purulia district by ultras at night. Mr Mahto refused to oblige the security rules meant for him.


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