Friday, December 09, 2005

Men masquerade as Maoists to extort money

Nani Gopal Pal in Purulia

Dec. 8. – “They have some discipline, I do not believe they would indulge in such activities,” was the response of a retired police officer on hearing the arrest of three Maoists from a lodge in Purulia for collecting money from traders.
These persons — one from from Murshidabad and other two from Nadia — were arrested for collecting money in the name of Maoists. They were produced in the Purulia district court and remanded in police custody.
Mr Rangaswami Sivakumar, superintendent of police, Purulia, at last, admitted that they had no connections with the ultras, but the police will be keeping a close watch on their movement.”
Earlier, police had detected the operations of a few political leaders who had been acting as the members of Peoples’ War Group (PWG).
As a result, the district police officers are in a dilemma whenever they get information about the operations carried out in the name of Maoists.
Security arrangements were beefed up in the districts of Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura in view of Peoples’ Army Day of Ultras on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the state government has allotted Rs 4. 46 crore, Rs 4. 26 crore and Rs 89 lakh for Purulia, Midnapore West and Bankura districts respectively for developing the services of drinking water, road, bridge, irrigation, watershed management and electricity.
The state government has also extended financial grants to various clubs and youth organisations to discourage the village youths from joining the Naxalite organisations and besides creating Village Defence Committees.
The Union Home Ministry has sanctioned Rs 50 crore to the West Bengal government on “security-related expenditure Scheme”, to fight the extremists.
Mr Chayan Mukhopadhyay, officer on special duty (Co-ordination) for fighting the Maoists, stressed the need of Village Protection Committee. “The SPs of Purulia, Bankura, and Midnapore West were asked to select the eligible clubs and youths for financial grants,” he added.

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