Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Rally against Maoists in their hotbed

KOLKATA: Several political parties and civil groups took out a rally at Banshpahari, located near the West Bengal and Jharkhand border, in West Bengal's Paschim Medinipur district on Wednesday in protest against the persistent Maoist violence in the region.

The Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Jharkhand Anushilan Party and the Gana Pratirodh Committee were the principal participants. The rally was held under the banner of the Vananchal Adhikar Raksha Committee.

Banshpahari and the adjacent Belpahari in West Bengal are notorious for their hilly terrain, which provides a safe haven for Maoists as well as an escape route into the neighbouring Jharkhand during security operations.

“More than 5,000 people assembled at the rally, where the demand to resume normal panchayat activities was made. Due to the ongoing Maoist violence for the last two years, development in the region has been completely stalled,” CPI(M)'s district committee member Dahareswar Sen said.

Pointing out that such a big rally had not been witnessed in the area in the last 12 years, Mr. Sen said it indicated that the locals were fed up with Maoists, contrary to the claim of the extremists.

Positive sign

District Superintendent of Police Pravin Tripathi said it was a positive sign that the local people had started raising their voice against the left-wing extremists.

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