Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Maoists protest Somen’s arrest

Statesman News Service

PURULIA/KRISHNAGAR, Feb. 26: The first day of the Maoist sponsored four-day bandh in Purulia passed off peacefully without any untoward incident being reported. The bandh has been called in protest against the arrest of the CPI (Maoist) state secretary, Himadri Sen Roy alias Somen.

Meanwhile, the Maoists have given a bandh call in Nadia and Murshidabad on 28 February, protesting against Somen’s arrest. Maoists leaflets, informing about the bandh in the two districts read: “Under the leadership of Rajiv Kumar, a police officer and an eminent follower of the CPI-M party, Tathagata, Pallab, Koushik, Arijit and Joy have formed a special anti-naxalite force to demolish our party. They are spending a lot of money to know our whereabouts and then are attacking our party members. We strongly oppose these activities of the administration.” Few posters were also found in Purulia town on the bandh day today. The leaflets found in Nadia also read: “The CPI-M government does not have the courage to ban our party in this state. They have arrested our leader and have harassed him both physically and mentally. We strongly protest against these tarnished activities of the police and CPI-M government.”

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