Saturday, February 27, 2010

Blast after Buddha leaves Purulia, gelatin sticks seized

Sabyasachi Bandopadhyay Posted online: Sunday , Feb 28, 2010 at 0444 hrs

Bankura : On the day when Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee left Purulia after distributing pattas (ownership rights) among forest-dwellers in the district, a small blast near Purulia railway station sent jitters among the police, who rushed to the spot and seized about 300 gelatin sticks scattered in the area near J K College. Bomb squad was also rushed and the whole area was cordoned off.

Security for the chief minister, who was returning to Kolkata, was beefed up. “We have defused the sticks and buried them,” Apurba Das, OC, Purulia town police station, said. The CM later came to adjoining Bankura to attend a ceremony to distribute pattas and said his government was using development as a tool to foil the designs of the Naxalites.

In all, 938 people, mostly tribals from the jungles, were given pattas at the ceremony.

“Maoists have posed a serious problem to us. They are killing innocent tribals who are sons of the soil. We are also focussing on development so that their purpose is defeated,” the CM said.

“People who live in jungles did not have the rights over their land. Now, I have given pattas so that they can build houses on their own land. We will have to finish distribution of the pattas before March 20 this year,” Bhattacharjee said. He also distributed money to those who took part in forest conservation. The ceremony was also attended by School Education Minister Partha Dey.

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