Thursday, June 04, 2009

Tribals postpone meeting with govt as Maoists call for strike

Express News Service
Posted: Tuesday , Jun 02, 2009 at 0335 hrs IST Most Read Articles

The meeting between the People’s Committee against Police Atrocity (PCPA) and the state government scheduled for Monday hit a roadblock after the Maoists declared to observe strikes on Monday and Tuesday in Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore districts, demanding the release of 15 Maoists, who were arrested from Chakulia.

“We have sent a letter to the district administration asking them to postpone the meeting till June 11. We could not defy the call of the Maoists as they also work for the people,” said Chhatradhar Mahato of the PCPA. West Midnapore District Magistrate N S Nigam affirmed the PCPA’s version.

The PCPA, meanwhile, has taken up development works and administrative functions in Lalgarh preventing the government officials from entering the area.

Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen said,” We have no problem with them if they are undertaking works for the development of the area.”

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