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Plans to capture Maoists in Lalgarh failing

Posted by n3wday on August 9, 2009

lalgarh_uprising_adivasis_women_CPI_Maoist_India_West_BengalThe following article discusses a special forces operation launched in Lalgarh, West Bengal, meant to suppress the people’s rebellion and reestablish the control of the police. For a summary of events in Lalgarh up to this point, see the Kasama pamphlet “Revolution in India: Lalgarh’s Hopeful Spark“.

This article was published on Headlines India.

Lalgarh operation yet to deliver success, admits Bengal

Lalgarh (West Bengal): The security operation carried out by the police and paramilitary forces to flush out Maoists from the trouble-torn belt of Lalgarh has not received satisfactory results, the West Bengal government conceded today.

“Initially, we received significant success in establishing the rule of the law in Lalgarh, but in the latter half of the operation the result has not been very satisfactory,” Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen told reporters after a meeting with senior state police officer.

“As a matter of fact, we have seen that the incidents of killing and abduction are taking place there. We’ve also not been able to arrest those top-rung Maoist leaders who have taken shelter in the inhospitable forest terrains of Lalgarh.“As the central paramilitary forces would not stay in Lalgarh permanently, we’ll have to plan for a time-bound operation, say for next 15-25 days, to improve the law and order situation in the region,” Sen said.

Condemning the growing Maoist activities in Lalgarh, the state’s ruling Left Front (LF) chairman Biman Bose said the joint operation was still on in that belt.

“The Maoists are adopting a hit-and-run policy and they will continue to do so,” he said, adding the Left Front is concerned about the exodus of its party cadres from the area due to the terror perpetrated by the Leftwing extremist group.

Lalgarh, about 200 km west of Kolkata, has been on the boil since November when a landmine exploded on the route of the convoy of Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and then central ministers Ram Vilas Paswan and Jitin Prasada.

Alleging police atrocities after the blast, the Maoists along with the People’s Committee against Police Atrocity (PCAPA) launched an agitation and made the area a virtual ‘free zone’ by torching police camps and offices of the ruling communist party and driving out the civil administration.

Maoists are active in the state’s three western districts of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia. (IANS)

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