Gaya: A few hours prior to the arrival of BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, the Maoist rebels struck terror in the Dumaria-Imamganj area of the district in the wee hours of Thursday by blowing two mobile phone towers belonging to two different private operators.
While one mobile phone tower was blown in the Dumaria block headquarters, the other mobile phone tower was blown up in Manjhaulia village of the neighbouring Kothi police station area. If that was not enough, the Maoists left behind live bombs at the destruction site and hand-written notes exhorting people to boycott the elections as the entire election process, according to the Maoists was a sham and status quoits.
Panic prevailed in the area as the Maoist rebels abandoned a heavy can bomb measuring several kilograms on the road near the business area in the Dumaria block headquarters, forcing area residents remain indoors and not venture out. According to the CRPF DIG Chiranjeev Kumar, bomb disposals squads of the central force have been dispatched to defuse the can bomb and explosives left behind by the saboteurs near the destroyed mobile phone towers.
According to sources, the members of the Bomb Disposal Squad have been advised to proceed with caution and maintain the protocol while defusing the bombs. In the past several mishaps have taken place in the Magadh region during bomb disposal operations and the victims include Bomb Disposal Squad personnel.
The Maoists have given a 24 hours bandh call to register protest against the killing of their front ranking activists including Lalesh who was killed by rival outfit members allegedly enjoying tacit police support.