In a new diktat, not only have the Maoists threatened women against wearing jeans and trousers, locals have also been warned against letting people from other states work in Ranchi.
The posters, threatening people, were pasted across Ranchi in markets and on roadsides on August 7. “If women were seen wearing jeans or trousers, their families would be attacked and if the locals don't comply with their demands they will face dire consequences,” the posters read.
According to ANI, people have also been asked to not let people from other states to take up jobs in Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand.
Though some people believe that pasting warning posters could be mischief on part of some college students. Deepak Kumar, a local resident told ANI: “Somebody must have done a mischief and when it is posted they must have meant to do what is written. Or may be some colllege student, tribal or some other community is behind this.”
Whether or not is a mischief, locals are scared of being attacked by Maoists. And to be sure what the warning was all about, people maintained a beeline around the posters. BK Singh, a traffic police officer, said: “There was a crowd of people reading the poster when we arrived and there is a fear among the locals.”
In last few years, rebels have stepped up their efforts after locals said that kidnappings and kilings have considerably decreased. Hundreds of lives are lost every year in the Maoist violence and that was the reason Prime Minster Manmohan Singh
has called the Maoist issue the biggest internal security threat.