The sub-divisional police officer of Lohardagga, Ram Gulam Sharma claims it is a mischief, as according to him, some anti-social organisations are operating in the region in the name of Maoists. “Some posters have been pasted in the name of PLFI and orders have been issued in those posters that mining process would not continue in Gumla and Lohardaga region without their further directions.” He also believed that some gangs of dacoits are trying to extort money by using the already tainted name of the Maoists.
“These posters has had no impact and bauxite mining is being done and trucks are operating. But, at times, the mining process is halted due to Maoists' activities. At times the rebels of Communist Party of India announce shutdowns in region or the whole state. Some truck drivers stop operating because of their fear,” he said, adding, “The brunt is faced by the common man and tribals are forced to remain unemployed and without food because of the stalling of work.”
With the shutdown of the bauxite mine, people living in the nearby villages have become unemployed as the mines are the only source of their livelihood. Since last few years the rebels have stepped up their efforts against the government, targeting and damaging schools, medical centres and government property.
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