RANCHI: The war between Maoists and security forces has now spilled over into building plans. The former has threatened to blow up all double and multi-storey buildings, forcing the Jharkhand government to amend building plans in rebel-dominated areas.
Sources said that a number of building plans were changed as Maoists, in the last few months, have targeted such buildings, including panchayats and health centres, as they were apprehensive that security personnel would use the first floors as transit camps.
Caught in a bind, the government is making plans for construction of single-storey buildings to save the property from damage, says a source. "After a review of attacks, we realized it is better to change the building plan than get it damaged as was done by rebels in Latehar district," he says.
The rebels have in the past shown that they mean business. They have blown up a health centre in Serangda village and a panchayat building in Pochra village. "As the two buildings were located at strategic places and forces stationed there could easily keep an eye on movements, the rebels targeted these buildings," says a source.
Deputy inspector general of police Praveen Kumar Singh, who has worked as an SP in many rebel-hit districts, admits that rebels did this out of fear of reprisal. "The rebels know that during transit or operations, security forces use government buildings. Double or multi-storey buildings give them a strategic advantage and the rebels would attack and destroy them. To avoid this in future, plans have been changed at many places," says Singh. He declined to say where all they had been changed.