Fake landmines create tension in Anantapur (INDIA). Mixed response to Maoists' bandh call

Banners placed on railway track cautioning people Peoples Liberation Guerrilla Army hailed The fake mines were filled with sand to make it look like real ones.


A tense atmosphere prevailed on the NH-205 near Nadimpalli village in Kadiri rural mandal in the district on Tuesday for about four hours as the Maoists allegedly placed four fake landmines on the roadside and on the adjacent Guntakal-Pakala metre-gauge railway track.

According to the police, the `mines' placed on the track and on the side of the adjacent road were first noticed by two railway gangmen. They immediately informed their superiors and in turn they complained to the local police and the Railway Protection Force. While the `mines' on the roadside were made of plastic casing pipes, the ones on the railway track were made with plastic containers. Warning to people The Maoists also placed two banners on the track and two on the roadside. The banners cautioned people against passing on the road as `mines' were placed. Another banner on the railway track hailed Maoist martyrs and two other banners hailed the PLGA and call to make the district bandh a success.

Meanwhile, there was little impact of the Maoist bandh call in the district. A bomb disposal squad and a sniffer dog squad from Anantapur were taken to the `mines' site. During the process of `defusing the mines' the police came to know that they were fake mines. They were filled with sand and fuse wires were led out from the `mines' to make them look like real ones.

Von: 19 October 2005 (The Hindu)

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