Saturday, June 27, 2009

Maoists continue violence at Ramgarh

28 Jun 2009, 0257 hrs IST, PTI

RAMGARH/WB: Maoists torched a party office of the AITUC shortly before the security forces entered Ramgarh village, one of the largest strongholds of the ultra left wing extremists in West Midnapore district.

They set the office ablaze when people refused to give them sanctuary as the security forces advanced on the village, residents said.

Shortly after the security forces arrived in the village, DIG CID (Special Operations Group) Siddhinath Gupta said, "We have secured Ramgarh. We will establish a police phari (outpost) and a camp. The police will restore normalcy, The operations will continue." The security forces marched out from Kadasole at 8:00 am and encountered some resistance at Mohultola and Saluka where the Maoists opened fire and detonated landmines, he said. District Superintendent of Police, Manoj Verma said "We hope the people will help us. The operations will continue till normalcy is restored everywhere."

People came out in droves to greet security forces as they arrived. Locals stood with pails of drinking water and glasses, which they offered to the Central forces, the police and journalists accompanying them and said that they knew of the difficulty authorities must have faced in reaching the village.

"We are smiling after many months. We were waiting for the security forces to arrive. They must have faced great difficulty in reaching our village," villagers said. A woman resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity said that at around noon a group of 25 to 30 armed Maoists knocked on her door seeking shelter.

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