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Maoists threaten to blow up district court complex in Dhanbad


July 1, 2012 - Dhanbad

Maoists have threatened to blow up the district court complex in Dhanbad, Jharkhand, if the government does not stop "Operation Green Hunt", the anti-rebel drive immediately.

The Maoist threat was received through posters pasted on the walls of the court complex recently.

The rebels warned that they would blow up the complex within the next month if their warning was not heeded to.

Dhanbad resident R S Goswami said: "Maoists have put up posters on the court wall. The posters have 'Stop Operation Green Hunt', 'Down with the District Administration' 'We will blow up the court within one month' also 'this is just a trailer, wait for the film."

Deputy Superintendent of Police (Dhanbad) Sanjay Ranjan described it as a mischievous act by local scoundrels.

"There is nothing to worry about; no threat arises simply when some random posters are put up. This might be the handiwork of some local miscreants. There is nothing to panic at the moment," said Ranjan.

Also known as Naxals, the rebels have fought for decades in a wide swathe of central and eastern India, including many resource-rich regions, where tensions run high between poor farmers and mining barons including industrial entrepreneurs and leading corporate houses keen to set up factories and production plants.

The government calls the Maoists as India's main internal security threat and an obstacle to higher growth and more jobs in Asia's third-largest economy.

Hundreds die annually in the conflict, although levels of violence have fallen in recent two years.

ANI

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