Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Lalgarh rage refuses to die down

MIDNAPORE, 16 JUNE: Today, several thousand Adivasis demolished the CPI-M’s double-storied Lalgarh zonal committee office, near the Lalgarh police station. Later, they set fire to the office building.

Having reduced the CPI-M’s Lalgarh zonal committee secretary Mr Anjuj Pande’s two-storied palatial home at Dharampur, the party’s local committee office and two police camps to rubbles the Maoists have thrown up a direct challenge to the CPI-M, but the rage of the Adivasis is yet to die down.

CPI-M cadres, (tucked away in the Kespur-Garbeta belt), paramilitary forces and the promulgation of prohibitory orders could not counter the ingress of a Maoist squad from Jharkhand where the “Cobra brigade” has been reportedly kept on a stand-by to watch the border.

Meanwhile, bodies of two unidentified CPI-M activists wrapped in gunny bags were found near a canal at Salpatra village in Jhargram of West Midnapore today. The bodies are likely to be those of CPI-M activists abducted in Dharampur of Lalgarh by the Police Santras Birodhi Committee (PSBPC) members last week, said Mr Dahareswar Sen, the CPI-M’s district committee member. So far, 18 Marxist cadres of Lalgarh area have been killed at the hands of the PSBPC, he alleged.

The delay caused by the state government in formulating a solution to the eight-month long Lalgarh issue has made the entry of the Maoists smooth.

The situation has worsened with no action being taken against the then SP, Mr Rajesh Singh and the Lalgarh I-C, Mr Sandip Singha Roy, over alleged police atrocities on innocent Adivasi women of Lalgarh in connection with the landmine blast targeting the chief minister’s convoy.

Source: The Statesman 17 June 2009.

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