''High alert'' sounded before tomorrow's "Bihar bandh" by Maoists

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Patna, Dec 19 (UNI) The Bihar government today sounded ''high alert'' in view of tomorrow's Maoist-sponsored dawn to dusk statewide bandh to protest the unnatural death of one of its comrades in Beur central jail here last week.

Additional Director General (Law and Order) of Police Anil Kumar said here that all district Police Superintendents had been directed to ensure security of vital installations, government offices, railway stations and other community places.

All Police Superintendents of Railways across the state had also been issued instructions to make special security arrangements of railway tracks during the bandh call, he added.

'' Reinforcement has been sent to Indo-Nepal border along the state to check influx of Maoist guerillas from across the border, '' Mr Kumar said adding jawans of the Seema Shasastra Bal (SSB) had been put on high alert to foil any disruptive attempt of hardcore activists of the CPI (Maoists).

'' All the bordering districts with Nepal, including East Champaran, West Champaran, Sitamarhi and Madhubani, have been placed under stringent surveillance and concerned Police Superintendents had been issued instructions accordingly, '' he informed.

Additional companies of CRPF and Special Auxiliary Police (SAP) had sent to the naxalite-affected districts to handle the emergency situation if warranted, Mr Kumar observed.

Earlier, a hardcore activist of CPI (Maoist) Nagina Manjhi had allegedly committed suicide in Beur Central Jail due to alleged police atrocities on December 16.

UNI

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