Thursday, June 25, 2009

Maoist activity suspected on border with Nepal

Maoist activity suspected on border with Nepal

Atiq Khan

LUCKNOW: The activities of suspected Maoists in Shravasti district on the India-Nepal border have alerted the Uttar Pradesh authorities.

The alert comes after alleged Maoists damaged three border pillars and hoisted a red flag on a tree on June 20 and 21 in an area under the Sirsiya police station in the district.

Home Secretary Mahesh Gupta said here on Thursday that a report on the incident is being sent to the Centre.

Mr. Gupta said the incident was reported from a no-man’s land on the border and occurred about eight km from the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) post located in Bhauva naka.

Stating that the area was covered by dense forests and small hills, Mr. Gupta said pillar number 618, 623/2 and 625 were damaged by “anti-social elements.”

Though the State’s role in such matters is limited, the issue will be discussed with Nepalese officials when they visit the neighbouring Dang district (on the other side of the border) on Friday.


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