Bengal on Alert: Intelligence warning for possible Maoist attack in Bengal
The State Intelligence Department has sent an alert to all the districts, particularly to the Railways of a possible Maoist attack in several railway stations across the state on Republic Day. The alert also says that there can be an attack on the ruling Trinamool Congress leaders, mobile towers, and on police and central police camps.
India is put under the threat of terrorist attacks every year on important days like Independence Day and Republic Day.
The state police have increased surveillance after the alert and have sent an alert to all the neighbouring states, including Bihar, Jharkhand, and Orissa. 29 police stations in these four districts have been asked to remain on full alert in view of the possibility of a Maoist attack. Superintendents of Police (SPs) of the respective districts have been asked to make the security arrangements tight.
Though there has been hardly any kind of subversive Maoist activity in the state, the recent arrest of a Kolkata-based businessman Mahesh Agarwal by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) from Salt Lake allegedly for funding the Maoists of Jharkhand was enough to put the state police on high alert of the possible Maoist activities going on in the state.
The NIA also said that they were looking for his two business partners who are still absconding. Before Agarwal, the NIA also arrested one Maoist leader Monoj Tiwari who was absconding for the last three years.
Sources in the state police said that the alert was initially issued by the Central Intelligence Department and consequently the state police issued an alert to all the district police headquarters and the Railways simultaneously.
The alert says that there might be possible attacks at railway routes like Jhargram-Giridih, Kharagpur-Agra, Purulia-Biramudi, Purulia-Muri, Jhalda-Bokaro, and Siridi-Andal.
The alert refers to the recent Maoist attack at West-Singhbhum in Jharkhand where two persons lost their lives. It said that the district police should immediately communicate this alert to all the police stations, particularly those police outposts and police stations that have proximity with the railway tracks.
The state police administration has asked all the police stations to increase vigil along the railway tracks. The GRP and RPF have been asked to keep a close look at the trains and railways stations so that all these kinds of efforts can be neutralized. The police stations have also been asked to step up vigil along the railway tracks and report continuously to the higher authorities. The district police have been asked to coordinate with the state police authorities.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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