Archive for October, 2009

Anti-Japanese encephalitis drive from Nov in Bihar

Patna , Oct 26 Alarmed by deaths of 27 children due to Japanese encephalitis in South Bihar, the state government has decided to launch a vaccination drive in the area from next month.
Though the opposition parties, including RJD, have alleged that over 60 people died of encephalitis in Gaya and Munger districts during the past two months in Bihar, the state Health department officials said they have reports of around 27 deaths so far.

The most affected districts were Gaya, Aurangabad and Munger in Bihar, the officials said, adding”we have planned to launch an anti-encephalitis vaccination drive from next month to tackle the spread of the disease.”

Special medical teams were also being sent to the area to find out the reason behind the outbreak of the disease and submit a report to the state government, they said.

Principal Secretary, Health department, C K Mishra, said the”situation was not alarming and we have the wherewithal to tackle the disease.


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River depth may cause problems for Chhath devotees

MUNGER: Owing to increase in the water level of the Ganga here, thousands of Chhath devotees may face problems this year as there would be
limited space to accommodate the thousands of devotees descending on its ghats to worship the Sun god.

Kastaharni Ghat, Babua Ghat, Jail Ghat and Piparpanti Ghat are the only ones available to the devotees to perform Chhath puja on the occasion.

Incidentally, prices of various commodities and foodstuff have hit the roof. For example, fruits, including banana, coconut, orange and apple, have been selling at exorbitant rates.


Maoists blast school bldg & engage cops in firing

BANKA/GAYA: Maoists blew up a school building in the Belhar block of Banka district in a dynamite attack early on Wednesday. The rebels later
engaged the security forces in a heavy exchange of fire at Barsudhi forest under Barachatti police station in Gaya district on Wednesday morning.

A police team, led by Banka superintendent of police P Kannan, raided the forests adjacent to the village, where the school building was situated, to nab the culprits. Police have not ruled out the connection between some local people and the Naxalites during such attacks.

The Naxalites had attacked two school buildings one old and the other new of a middle school at Gerua village in Banka district. The middle school is located at a remote place near the Belhar forest, about 15 kilometre from Belhar block. Sources said the area is adjacent to Jamui and Munger districts, which are said to be Maoist strongholds.

The old school building was completely destroyed in the blast whereas the new building suffered mild damages, said sources. Police have launched a hunt in the village and the jungle areas to arrest the culprits, said Kannan.

Gaya SP Sushil Khopde said police were informed about Naxalites gathering at a place to hold a training camp in the forest on the Bihar-Jharkhand border. Soon, a team, comprising district police, SAP (the special police force, comprising former army personnel and created to combat Naxalites) and CRPF men rushed to the forest area and challenged the Naxalites.

Khopde said police must have fired more than a hundred rounds during the exchange, which lasted for about one-and-a-half hours and that forced the Maoists to beat a retreat. He added that there were no reports of any casualty on either side and a combing operation was on.

This was the second time in 72 hours that the policemen and the Naxalites exchanged fire in the Barachatti PS area. A couple of days ago, too, the Naxalites and the police exchanged fire in the same area.

The Maoists seemed to have stepped up their activities on the Bihar-Jharkhand border. During the two-day Maoist bandh on October 12 and 13, the ultras took out torch-light processions, blew up mobile phone towers and burnt the effigies of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and home minister P Chidambaram. They also dug holes on the road to disrupt communication.


Bank money in illegal gun making?

Munger (Bihar), Oct 18 (PTI) Is bank money in use for making illegal arms in Munger district of Bihar?

Superintendent of Police M Sunil Nayak said the police had recently unearthed 14 illegal gun manufacturing units which might have used bank loans taken under the Prime Minister’s Rojgar Yojna programme.

“Investigations are on to ascertain the source of the money to set up those units,” the SP told PTI.

These 14 units were parts of the 48 illegal gun manufacturing factories unearthed this year in the Maoist dominated district.

Munger is known for having a large number of illegal gun making units producing wide ranging firearms and supplying those to criminals across the country.

This Rs 20 crore market has its reach even beyond the country, including Nepal and Bangladesh.


Rs 48000 robbed from train passengers

Seven passengers of Uttar Pradesh-Howrah-New Delhi Janata Express sustained injuries when a 14-member gang attacked the SC-II coach between Jasidih and Lahavan stations on the Patna-Howrah main section of Eastern Railway and decamped with Rs 48,000 early today.

The train had no police escorts and the group of youths, aged between 16 and 25 years, went on a robbing spree threatening passengers with daggers and country-made pistols.

One Manahor Shaw, 45, a resident of Keshopur Jamalpur village under Munger (Bihar) district sustained serious injuries and was admitted to Jhajha primary health centre this morning. Afterwards, he was referred to Jamui Sadar hospital as his condition deteriorated.

Officer-in-charge of Jasidih railway station S.K. Sinha said that the group of 14 got on the train between Jhajha (Bihar) and Jasidih (Deoghar) stations around 2.50am.

“Passengers said the youths boarded the train at Jasidih and began their operation as soon as the train picked up speed near Tulshitard halt,” he said.

He added that the group robbed approximately Rs 48,000 from passengers, besides mobile phones, wristwatches, and jewellery. However, passengers claimed that more than Rs 1.5 lakh, besides valuables, were taken away during the attack.

A GRP officer on the condition of anonymity said there were no escorts because the zone was a rebel stronghold. “Due to Naxalite threat, policemen avoid this section.”