Friday, July 03, 2009

Maoist onslaught unabated

;Nani Gopal Pal
PURULIA, 2 JULY: The state administration and police officers are very worried following Maoist attacks in four sites during four nights of Purulia district last week. Of them, three attacks were on three consecutive nights during a 48-hour Maoist bandh here.
Maoists attacked the Biramdih rail track, Bhabanipur village of Barabazar and two villages (Kurni and Malti) of Balarampur. In protest against the police operation in Lalgarh, they attacked CPI-M men. The Leftist ultras attacked the property of CPI-M leaders. They ransacked the home of a CPI-M local committee member and destroyed two liquor shops belonging to two CPI-M supporters.
They also cautioned the CPI-M leaders to leave the party as soon as possible. Meanwhile, a few leaders of the CPI-M local committee have already left the party distributing leaflets. Maoist also threatened them with consequences if they did not close down the liquor shops immediately. Following their warning, owners of the liquor shops are in a dilemma as to whether they should down shutters of their business, as their employees are also reluctant to continue. The owners and employees are very afraid of the Maoist threats.
Police failed to arrest anyone following these Maoist operations. The district police of Purulia admitted the presence of a Maoist squad belonging to the Dalma areas of Jharkhand state. The Dalma is a long forest range which touches the Ayodhya hill areas of Purulia district. The Maoist squad of Dalma flee easily towards their safe-shelter in Jharkhand areas, crossing the Purulia border before and after their operations.
Armed police of Purulia district are now keeping a close watch on the movements of the Maoists, and on the bordering areas of Jharkhand. Forces have been strengthened in all nine check posts between Purulia and Jharkhand state with mobile patroling. Police of Purulia and Jharkhand have started jointly searching the border areas.
Meanwhile, the chief secretary of West Bengal Mr Asok Mohan Chakrabarti visited Maoist-infested Bandwan, 90 km from Purulia town, by helicopter, during his tour of Lalgarh and Saranga. The district magistrate of Purulia, Mr Santanu Basu and the superintendent of police, Mr Rajesh Yadav, were also at the site. Mr Chakrabarti expressed his displeasure at the rise of leftist ultra activities in the Maoist infested areas of Purulia district.
He met district officials at Kuchia in Bandwan and discussed plans for follow-up action by joint forces, to be effected if the necessity arises. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) are in four Kuchia police camps.
The chief secretary also stressed the importance of development in the area as most of the families are below the
poverty line.

No comments: