Monday, January 16, 2006

Maoist Bandh in W Bengal

Red alert in W Bengal in view of the Maoist Bandh (The Hindustan Times, Jan 15, 2005)


Red alert has been sounded in the border areas of West Bengal and Jharkhand and police patrolling intensified in the three South Bengal districts of Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapur in view of a 24-hour bandh called by CPI(Maoists) from 6 am on Monday.

The bandh has been called to protest the death of 12 tribals in police firing in Orissa's Kalinganagar on January 2. The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha has also extended support to the bandh.

Alert has been specially been sounded in Jhalda, Bandwan, Jaipur and Barabazar areas of Purulia while security measures have been tightened in and around the district, Rangaswami Siva Kumar, Superintendent of Police, Purulia said.

In West Midnapur, police patrolling was intensified in Belpahari, Jamboni, Lalgarh, Goaltor, Garbeta, Nayagram and Gopiballbhpur police station areas, Superintendent of Police Ajay Nanda said.

Para-military personnel were combing the forests of Belpahari and Lalgarh of the district where two CPI(M) youth wing leaders were killed last Friday.

Special measures were also taken mainly in four police stations areas of Ranibandh, Raipur, Simlapal and Khatra in south Bankura, Superintendent of Police Rajiv Sinha said.



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