Thursday, June 25, 2009

Four states alerted as Maoists flee from Lalgarh

25 Jun 2009, 0037 hrs IST, Gyan Prakash, TNN



PATNA: The ministry of home affairs (MHA) has alerted four states, including Bihar and Jharkhand, that Maoists have started fleeing from Lalgarh
village of West Midnapore district of West Bengal and sneaking into the neighbouring states in groups.

"Be alert as Maoists may create trouble in your area," the MHA has issued warning to four states, the other two states are Orissa and Chhattishgarh.

Maoists are on the run after the CRPF, BSF and Cobra force launched an offensive in Lalgarh where the ultra left wing extremists had laid seize and virtually liberated it. It was the dictat of the Maoists which was writ large in the area while the activities of the administrative machinery had came down to naught.

Sources in the police headquarters here mentioned that the Cobra force which has expertise in tackling Naxalites in their own war game has, in fact, alerted the Centre about sneaking of over 6,000 Maoists, who had concentrated in Lalgarh. "They are now fleeing and taking shelter in the four states," it said. This information was further corroborated during the interrogation of the spokesman of Maoists, Saumit Chakraborty, who was caught at the Howrah railway station while boarding a train to escape from West Bengal.

The Bihar police, on their part, have intensified search at all such places which border West Bengal and Jharkhand. "Extra vigil is being maintained," said a senior IPS officer.

Meanwhile, the Special Task Force (STF) and state intelligence have subjected two Maoists, who were caught with motorcycle on their retreat line after triggering blast and firing shots on the Lakhisarai court premises, to intensive interrogation.

ADG (headquarters) Neelmani said that the police have secured valuable information from the two Maoists, whose names were not disclosed for security reasons. He said that with the help of Jharkhand police, follow up action has been chalked out and is being implemented as the Maoists who were in action in Lakhisarai on Tuesday basically belonged to Bihar and Jharkhand units.

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