Thursday, January 12, 2006

Sarkari Communists get a licence to kill rival Communists

Biman Bose's "bullet for bullet" policy gets official backing.
Arms for loyal Marxists (The Statesman, Jan 13,2006)

Police will issue firearms licences for CPI-M leaders on Maoists’ hit list and for villagers’ vigilant squads in the Naxalite-dominated areas of Purulia, West Midnapore and Bankura, a senior home department official said today. Armed policemen will accompany the villagers, boosting their morale and firepower, he said. The squads, organised by police in association with panchayat leaders, feature CPI-M loyalists.
The decision follows Politburo member Mr Biman Bose’s call to his partymen in Purulia to retaliate against Maoists, making sure they did not return alive after an attempted raid. CPI-M activists have been clamouring for weapons. They told Mr Bose and CPI-M state secretary Mr Anil Biswas during their visit to Purulia that police had failed to save Rabindranath Kar in Bandwan.
The state government has sought CRPF reinforcements anticipating fresh offensives. Though the Centre has deployed 40 battalions of the CRPF to combat Leftist rebels in 13 states, West Bengal has only one of these. Chief secretary Mr Amitkiran Deb, home secretary Mr PR Roy and DGP Mr S Avasthi will attend a meeting in New Delhi tomorrow to discuss coordinating a response to the extremist threat.
The Centre has sanctioned around Rs 7 crore to increase police’s firepower, bolster their defence and to improve the communication system. The money has to be spent by March. AK-47s, Insas rifles, self-loading rifles, vehicles and gadgets like the GPS system will be procured before the polls. Additions will be made to police’s present six-vehicle fleet of anti-mine vehicles.
Police will dole out more cash to strengthen their intelligence network besides setting up free education centres and health camps. A police team has left for Andhra Pradesh to interrogate Maoist leader Mr Nayaran Sanyal though he is not wanted in connection with any case in West Bengal.



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