Saturday, July 11, 2009

CPM cadres flee Lalgarh

KOLKATA/MIDNAPORE, 11 JULY: At time when joint forces are still conducting an operation to flush out Maoists from the Lalgarh area , ten CPI-M cadres of Sirshi village have already left the party fearing threat to life.
Threats from the Maoists has forced the cadres to issue a statement and put up posters which stated that ‘corrupt and fascist policies of the party’ was responsible for their quitting it.

Meanwhile, a day after two CPI-M cadres were abducted from Chandra area near Kotwali police station in Midnapore West and gunned down allegedly by Maoists on Friday evening, one person out of the four cadres is still reported to be missing.
According to the villagers, some 50 armed Maoists including seven women raided Chapashole, Bagghora Sundarlata and Sirshi villages under Chandra gram panchayat in Midnapore Sadar block yesterday and dragged several people out of their homes beating them up severely. Later, they took away Baren Mahato and Gurucharan Mahato at gunpoint and hacked them to death after the duo refused to pay the amount demanded by the Maoists.

The villagers alleged that a group of the Left-wing radicals raided the house of Baren Mahato ~ the modified ration (MR) dealer and demanded Rs 2 lakh. When the latter did not oblige their demand, they ransacked his house and dragged him out. Another gang went to Gurucharan Mahato's house, and not finding him there, they beat his wife Mrs Sulekha Mahato and dragged her out. However, on seeing her husband, the Maoists let her off and caught hold of Gurucharan.

They took the duo to the jungle, some 3 kms away from their village and beat them to death. The badly mutilated bodies of the two was recovered this morning, some distance from the area where they were abducted. Police also found several Maoists posters claiming responsibility of the killing. The bodies were later sent for autopsy to Midnapore Medical College and Hospital

The incident has triggered panic in the area with locals leaving their villages.. The CPI-M leader of the district said yesterday's incident proved that Maoists menace still remains unchecked even though the joint forces are basking in the glory of flushing them out from the district. Mr Manoj Verma, superintendent of police Midnapore West, declining to make any comment over the return of the Maoists said that the incident occurred some 10 kilometre from Lalgarh, where the joint forces are conducting the operation.

Meanwhile, the MR dealer association of the district have called a strike from Sunday onwards in protest against the killing of Baren Mahato by the Maoists. Also, the joint forces of the Central paramilitary troops and state armed police faced the fury of students and parents in four areas of Lalgarh over a demand that the security personnel vacate the schools where they are staying.

Mahasweta Devi slams police offensive

Police operation in Lalgarh was launched to allow the CPI-M to establish its control over the areas, alleged eminent writer and social activist Mehaswata Devi. Speaking to reporters after a demonstration in front of Metro Channel, she demanded the immediate withdrawal of joint forces from Lalgarh. She alleged that innocent villagers were been tortured and the joint police operation was ordered only to help the CPI-M regain Lalgarh.