Saturday, June 20, 2009

Security forces reach Lalgarh police station

Pirakata (PTI): Pushing deeper into besieged Lalgarh, security forces on Saturday reached the police station in the area, which was cut off by Maoists for months.

An anti-landmine vehicle cleared the path for the security personnel who reached the police station without much resistance to take charge of the building, which was locked from inside.

Central forces, comprising men from BSF and CRPF, fanned out in the forests for combing operations against the Maoists.

The securitymen in camouflage and bullet-proof vests sanitised the five-km stretch of Jhitka jungle, a Maoist area near Lalgarh in West Midnapore district.

Lalgarh police station was out of bounds since November last year when tribals under the banner of People's Committee Against Police Atrocities launched a boycott of police to protest raids on their homes following a landmine blast targeting Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee's convoy.

AK-47 and Insas rifle-toting securitymen came under intermittent fire from Maoists at the Pingboni-Sarenga road today, Superintendent of Police Burdwan Humayan Kabir said.

Two landmines planted on the road were defused, he said.

A bridge over a shallow river was blown up earlier by Maoists creating a temporary obstacle. However, the personnel could cross the stream on foot.

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