Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Maoists blow up forest guest house in Purulia

The battle betweem comrades took its toll on a government guest house as Maoist communists responded to Com. Biman Bose's open challenge to the Maoists.

Maoists blow up forest guest house in Purulia (The Statesman, January 24 2006 )

Maoists blow up forest guest house in Purulia

Statesman News Service
PURULIA, Jan. 23. — Maoists blew up a state forest department guest house at Duarsini in Bandwan late last night, after asking the caretaker and other staff to vacate it, district police said here today. Sources said no one was injured in the blast that was triggered by explosives.
The Naxalites had ordered the four caretakers at the cottage to leave before they set off the explosion. Additional forces were rushed to the village immediately after news of the blast reached Bandwan police station. The SP, Purulia, Mr R Siva Kumar also left for an inspection of the blast site.
A red alert has been sounded across Purulia district after last night’s blast, as was done after Maoists had killed local CPI-M leader Rabindra Nath Kar and his wife during a pre-dawn raid on their house on 1 January at Pundar village in Bandwan.
Only yesterday, the Maoists had given a call for a bandh on and boycott of the Republic Day in the district. They had also put up posters — in Bengali, Hindi and English — demanding the immediate release of one of their senior leaders, Mr Sachin Roy, who was arrested from Hyderabad last week.
Intelligence sources said it was only natural for the Maoists to step up the attack on the government and CPI-M leaders in the district after Mr Biman Bose, CPI-M Politburo member, challenged the extremists at an open rally recently.
Senior party leaders of the district have already been advised not to venture out alone after sundown for fear of Maoist attacks on them.



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