People in Bihar urge Maoists to come back to mainstream
People of Bihar blamed lack of development as the prime reason behind the problem of Maoism, and urged the rebels to come back to mainstream.
A member of youth wing of Janata Dal - United (JD-U) party in Gaya district in Bihar said that although Maoist rebels are working for development, their methods are wrong.
"Our brothers who have gone out of mainstream, I request them to take part in this new wave of development. Their objective is also development, but their methods are wrong. They are not able to understand this", said President of the youth wing of JD-U, Chandan Kumar Yadav.
Other people in Gaya district are of the view that the state government needs to formulate policies to flush out rebels and develop the state.
Prominent journalist Shyam Bhandari believes that lack of provision of basic facilities is also a major reason behind the problem.
"There were places where development was not able to reach and basic facilities were not provided. Such people who faced injustice then turned to Naxalism," he said.
Meanwhile, a retired IPS (Indian Police Service) officer, Masoom Kazmi said the roots of the rebellion were sown at the time of India's independence.
"When India attained its independence, everybody had a lot of expectations that the change will come. However, that change never came. People who had long been the caretakers for social development, they remained the same even after independence. Finally, people started to vent out their anger but the solution has still not been found", said Kazmi, who has worked in Maoist-affected areas for a long time.
India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh calls Maoists as country's main internal security threat and an obstacle to higher growth and more jobs in Asia's third-largest economy.
Hundreds of people are killed every year in the conflict, although levels of violence have fallen in the recent years.
ANI 162 (National)
BSF seizes gold biscuit worth Rs. 35 lakhs in Nadia district of Bengal
Nadia (West Bengal), Feb.18 : Border Security Force (BSF) seized gold biscuits worth 35 lakhs during a routine patrolling along India-Bangladesh border in West Bengal while the smugglers managed to escape.
The incident took place at Banpur border post area in Nadia district of the state when a Border Security Force (BSF) patrol seized the consignment which was supposed to have been taken across the border.
The Deputy Inspector-General of India's Border Security Force (BSF) in Krishnagar sector, Pushpendra Singh Rathore, said security personnel the suspected men from India and Bangladesh are absconding after they were hit by stones.
"Indian security personnel saw two men who were hiding behind the bushes near the fencing along the border on Bangladesh side. The security personnel became alert. As soon as they moved ahead, the suspected men threw two-three packets and the security personnel immediately saw them. The personnel hit them with stones. The suspected men ran away towards Bangladesh side and they also hit the men from Banpur village with stones," said Rathore.
Rathore also said that gold biscuits weighing 1.16 kgs were found in a polythene bag.
"The security personnel found a packet which was quite heavy. When they checked properly they found that it was filled with gold," Rathore said.
So far, gold worth millions has been seized by the BSF from different parts of the state in 2014 and around seven smugglers have been apprehended.
(Posted on 19-02-2014)