Maoists to use poison against security forces, Bihar police
PATNA: After using deadly weapons, Maoists are working
to make use of poisonous substances from wild plants against security forces in
Bihar, police said on Tuesday.
Bihar police deputy inspector general (eastern range)
Sanjay Singh said the intelligence reports have suggested that Maoists have
been extracting poisonous substances from various wild plants. These can be
used with lime to target security forces. It is for the first time that such
reports have been received by police in Bihar, he said.
Sanjay Singh said the reports pointed out that Maoists
have been trying out different concoctions which can be used with food. Maoists
were reportedly working on wild plants found in abundance in the forest areas
of Jamui, Munger and Banka districts. These districts are considered to be
A forest official in Jamui said Maoists have extracted
poisonous substance from a plant called Bela found in the forest.
Taking note of the intelligence reports, an advisory
has been issued to security forces deployed in Maoists affected areas, asking the
troopers not to eat anything offered to them, not to eat at unknown places and
to be sure that their food is not spiked with poison. "An alert has been
issued to police officials in this regard," he said.
According to police officials, people who are
in-charge of mess and purchasing of edible items, have been asked to be
careful. The food items purchased from markets would be monitored by senior