Bandh against insurgency total; 7 including 3 ultras killed

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Ranchi, Oct 28 (UNI) Jharkhand showed total support to the state-wide dawn-to-dusk bandh to protest yesterday's Naxal attack, in which 19 rpt 19 people were killed and 12 injured even as security personnel gunned down three ultras in the state today.

Director General of Police V D Ram told UNI over phone that there was no untoward incident during the bandh.

A reoport from Lohardaga district said three CPI (Maoist) cadres were killed in an encounter with police near Kharcha forest area under Kisko police station area close to Latehar district.

A Latehar report said, four another persons were slain by CPI(Maoist) at Bonda village under Chandwa police station for their alleged association with the proscribed Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC), a rival group.

There was no traffic on the national highways and the railway authorities had cancelled and rescheduled many trains.

The Howrah-Delhi and Delhi Sealdah-Rajdhani Express trains were halted near Dhanbad for pasengers' safety.

Only a few private vehicles were seen plying on the roads of the capital city, and some stray incidents of people pelting stones at vehicles were reported in some localties of the city.

Reports from Giridih, where naxalites massacred 19 people, including former Chief Minister Babulal Marandi's son, said the people responded to the bandh spontaneously.

The roads were empty as the people remained indoors sending a message of growing displeasure with the underground elements.

Earlier the Maoists restricted their operations only against the security personnel but recently the ultras have targeted the civilians after their plan to kill Jamshedpur MP Sunil Mahto on March 4 came to fore, a senior police officer said.

At Lohardaga, the JVM workers had taken out a silent procession and burnt the effigy of Chief Minister Madhu Koda near Powerganj Chowk last evening.

In Jamshedpur, life was disrupted at Kolhan region with most of the shops at the main markets of Sakchi and Bistupur remaining closed.

Long distance buses did not ply and the movement of vehicular traffic was thin.

Train services were disrupted in the Chakradharpur division of the South Eastern Railway as hundreds of JVM achivists, led by party leader Abhay Singh, squatted on the railway tracks at Tatanagar station, stalling the Howrah-Tata Steel express, New Delhi-Puri Utkal Express and Tata-Badamparhar passenger for more than two hours, Railway sources said.

However, train services were resumed later in the day, the sources added.

The bandh registered spontaneous impact in the industrial areas of Adityapur and Gamharia in the nearby Seraikela-Kharsawan district while a total bandh was reported from Chakulia, Baharagora and Patamda areas in East Singhbhum district, official sources said.

About 30 bandh supporters were detained, police said, adding that no untoward incident was reported so far.

The JVM activists also burnt the effigy of Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda at Sakchi yesterday to protest the government's alleged failure to curb the Naxalite activities and the killings of innocent people across the state.

Condemning the ''cowardly'' act by the Maoist rebels, JVM general secretary Abhay Singh said the bandh was spontaneous and total.

People in other districts-Dhanbad, Bokaro, Daltonganj, Dumka, and Koderma- have also responded totally to the bandh.


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