Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Bandh affects tribal areas in West Midnapore for 3rd day

Midnapore (WB) (PTI): The three-day bandh called by the People's Committee Against Police Atrocities affected normal life in the tribal areas of West Midnapore district on its last day on Tuesday.

The bandh was total at Lalgarh, Belpahari, Binpur, Jamboni, Jhargram and parts of Goaltore and Salboni, all of which were reclaimed from Maoists by security forces in the recent anti-naxal operations.

Expressing surprise over the severity of bandh for three consecutive days despite the presence of security forces in those areas, District Magistrate N S Nigam said "It is lack of coordination."

Meanwhile, PCPA leader Chhatradhar Mahato held a meeting at Kantapahari to decide on the next course of action after the police lathi-charge students near Dharampur yesterday.

West Bengal Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen had apologised for the lathi-charge.

In Midnapore town, the CPI(M) suffered another erosion in ranks with around 90 partymen, including local leaders quitting the party.

Asked about partymen leaving and switching allegiance to the PCPA, District CPI(M) Secretariat member, Doheswar Sen attributed it to a 'conspiracy' by the Trinamool Congress and Congress.

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