[Revolutionaries in India call for electoral boycott, expose the lack of content or substance in the government’s claims of “democratic reform.” — Frontlines ed.]
Days ahead of Bihar polls, Maoist posters surface in Jamui, police on alert
JAMUI: Days ahead of the first phase of election in Bihar, posters have surfaced in Jamui issuing a warning from the Maoists to boycott polls.
“Majdoor, kisan, chhatra aur naujawan jaan gayee netaon ki chaal… humsab milkar karengay vote ka bahiskar (labourers, farmer, students and youth have understood the viewpoint of politicians and hence will boycott the poll),” read one of the posters which was found pasted on the wall of welcome-archway and Charka Patthar in Sono Block of Jamui district on Friday.
“Operation green-hunt ke naam par nirdosh janata kay saath maar-peet, hatya, jail aadi daman chalanay walay neta ka aaj vote bahiskar karen (let us stay away from the poll of the politicians who have subjected innocent people through coercion like assault, killing and jail in the name of operation green-hunt),” said another poster.
The posters, painted in bold red color and written in Hindi, were in the names of Communist Party of India (Maoist). Such posters had earlier surfaced in Boutha, Musharatand and other villages under Maheshwari panchayat in the district in the past fortnight.
Most of the 1326 polling in Jamui district are under Maoist threat.
The state home department is taking these posters seriously and have increased the security to ensure peaceful polling.
“We have taken the poll boycott posters very seriously and we will not allow the Maoists or any anti-social elements to create hindrance in the poll process. We are following the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for actions against Naxals in the district,” Jamui SP Jayant Kant said.
We are going to ensure peaceful poll in any case, the SP added.
Zonal IG Bachhu Singh Meena said, “We have taken steps to ensure peaceful electoral process in the Bhagalpur Zone. We have deployed Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) wherever there is threat from Left-wing extremism (LWE) and patrolling too is being conducted in areas where perceptible threats from Maoists are present.”
Meena said that their entire efforts is that electorates come out in large number and participate in the polling without any fear or threat.
The first phase of polling will take place on Monday in which more than six lakh male and over five lakh female voters will exercise their franchise.