Naxal literature found in Bithli

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Jul 2016 17:47:18


Our Correspondent,

BALAGHAT,

July 28,

Banners and posters appealling villagers to join their group have surfaced in Bithli region which is considered to be Naxal-sensitive. The distribution of banners and poster was done a day before the start of Naxal’s Shaheed Saptah which started from July 28 and would end on August 3.

Leaflets and pamphlets distributed in the village also issued warning to police informers. The pamphlets have been distributed by Maoist group active in Gadracholi division. According to information, villagers of Bithli turned panicky on July 27 after they found posters and banners distributed by Naxal activists. Naxals have made appeal to villagers to join their group and issued warning to informers to refrain from working for the police or else be ready to face dire consequences. The Naxal outfit has made an appeal to villagers to be part of week-long celebration on Naxali Shaheed Saptah. Amidst panic, villagers informed the police. Cops then reached the village to take stock of the situation and declared high alert in the village.

The distribution of posters and banners in the village has put the police on their toes. Sources inform that police have obtained input on the activities of Naxals in the village but are maintaining wait and watch policy. Security has been augmented in the village as any unknown person found moving around the village area is being kept under strict vigilance. Cops have affirmed finding red colour banner but have denied any distribution of poster and pamphlets. Superintendent of Police, Balaghat, Dr Asit Yadav, when contacted, said one Naxal banner has been found in village Bithli. “We have come to know about distribution of other publicity material like posters but no poster has been recovered by the police which searched the village. We have taken gravity of the developments that have taken place in the village just a day before Naxali Shaheed Saptah starting from July 28.” SP Balaghat said, presence of Naxal outfit cannot be ruled out from the village. “We have declared high alert in the region have increased search operation as cops are ready to give befitting reply to any naxal activity.”