Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Hunt for Maoists in Birbhum

;Snehamoy Chakraborty
SURI/RAJNAGAR, 22 JUNE: District police have started a combing operation in Birbhum’s three Maoist infested areas after receiving a tip-off that some Maoist cadres have gone to Lalgarh to assist their colleagues there.
Meanwhile, vigil has been intensified after Maoist posters had been found from the Visva-Bharati campus in Santiniketan yesterday.
According to police sources, the district police got an information that a group of trained Maoists including some cadres of the action squad went to West Midnapore to help their comrades barely a week ago. Accordingly, vigil was intensified in vast areas under three police stations, Rajnagar, Khoirasole and Dubrajpur. Recovery of hundreds of Maoist posters, leaflets and the murder of two CPI-M leaders in a year has proved the presence of Maoists in these areas.
Meanwhile, vigil in and around Visva-Bharati has been intensified. Outsiders found loittering near the campus are being questioned, said a senior police officer.
Maoist cadre arrested
A suspected Maoist cadre, Raju Bauri was arrested from Majiara village in Dubrajpur police station area early this morning. He was allegedly involved in the murder of CPI-M leader Nandalal Mistri that took place on 22 September, 2008.
Bauri was visiting his in-law's house last night with his wife. A police team including officers from Khoirasole and Dubrajpur police station raided Majiara village where the Maoist cadre had taken shelter.
According to police, Raju had links with the Maoist leadership. On 22 September last year, Nandalal Mistri was shot allegedly by Maoists. Raju was a part of the group that attacked Mistri.
Police recovered arms and ammunition from Bauri's house barely eight months ago. Acting on a tip-off police arrested him from Majiara, said, Mr LN Meena, SP, Birbhum.

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