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Jamshedpur: After launching poster campaigning in Gamharia police station area in Seraikela-Kharsawan district last week, suspected Maoists have fixed posters at Rebam village under Chaibasa-Gua road under Gua police station area in West Singhbhum district.
The naxals belonged to the banned outfit CPI-Maoist have called upon the people to boycott elections which are scheduled to be held in Kolhan on December 7 in second phase.
After a fresh round of poster-campaign urging for poll boycott, the administration of the West Singhbhum have started measures to defuse fear and install confidence among the local residents.
West Singhbhum superintendent of police, Indrajeet Mahatha confirmed about the poster campaign and said steps are being taken for restore confidence among the voters.
” We have beefed up security. The naxals come out from their areas for making their presence felt through poster campaigning in remote areas during the time of election” said Mahatha.
The SP said the administration has deployed 71 companies of para-military forces, Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) to be deployed in the rebel-infested areas in West Singhbhum. He said amidst deployment of so much para-military forces, the rebels will hardly be able to affect the polling in the district.
Mahatha said for keeping the people on high spirit, the administration are carrying out flag-march in the pockets having rebel influence, anti-insurgency operation and confidence-building measures prior to the poll here on December 7.
Meanwhile the recovery of posters and pamphlets has also triggered panic among the locals. A police official said that the Maoists usually resort to posters just to instill fear amongst the villagers.
Sources informed that apart from wall painting, waging poster campaign is a regular feature in the naxal infested areas. The red guerillas have been reported to conspiring to hamper peaceful life in the villages. A police official said that the ultras were trying to create tension among villagers so that they can disturb them.
Such posters are common in our village but we are gripped with fear since the Maoists have asked us to not cooperate with the police. These posters have left us in state of fear though the local police are cooperating with us but still we are in panic,” said another villager.