Red alert in Bihar; MLAs, police officials on Maoist's hit list

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Patna, Oct 31 (UNI) The Bihar government today sounded a red alert following reports of the Maoists targetting MLAs and top police officials of the state.

The state government alerted the police in the wake of the recent attacks by ultras in Jharkhand's Giridih district that claimed 19 lives, including former chief minister Babulal Marandi's son.

Home Secretary Afzal Amanuallah, in a letter to senior police officers of the Tirhut range, had expressed fear that the ultras along the Indo-Nepal border in Bihar might attack on the Shashastra Seema Bal (SSB) camps in the region.

He said the extremists, expert in guerilla warfare, had recently sneaked into the districts of Tirhut range and were staying at various hideouts.

Mr Amanullah had also asked the police to conduct round the clock patrolling in the region.

Meanwhile, official sources at Muzaffarpur said police patrolling had been beefed up in and around the vulnerable areas.

Security had been tightened at the SSB camps, police armouries and jails. The security cover of the MLAs representing the area had been further tightened.

The sources informed that special police protection had been given to ruling JD(U) MLA Dinesh Prasad Kushwaha from Minapur as he apprehended the Maoists attack.

Earlier, the ultras had killed JMM MP from Jamshedpur Sunil Mahto and several IPS officers, including Ajay Kumar and KC Surendra Babu.

UNI

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