Saturday, March 06, 2010

Bengal: Maoists kidnap teacher, give 48-hour ultimatum

NDTV Correspondent, Saturday March 6, 2010, Jhargram

Just days after Maoist leader Kishanji's right hand man Telugu Deepak is arrested by the West Bengal police, the Maoists fight back. In a late night development, Kishanji has now laid down conditions for the release of a school teacher who was kidnapped by the insurgents on Friday.

Kishanji has called a reporter in Jhargram and served a 48-hour ultimatum for the school master's release.

He has demanded the release of six villagers of Saluka village in Bankura district in exchange for the school teacher.

The call to the reporter came from Kishanji's much advertised number.

After Kishanji spoke, the phone was taken by a leader of the PCPA, a man called Sidhu Soren, who made the same demand.

Soren said the kidnapping was done by an outfit called Sidhu Kanu Grnamilitia which appears to be a Maoist front organisation.

The school teacher was kidnapped in Sarenga in Bankura and was picked up from school. Maoists reportedly, came riding on a bike which was seen heading towards Goyalbhorer Amlachutir jungle.

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