Lalgarh: 2,500 Armed Tribals Attack Police Station
Posted by Ka Frank on February 2, 2010
This article appeared in Indian Express on February 2, 2010.
PCAPA activists attack Barikul police station
Five activists of the People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) and three police officials were critically injured after 2,500 armed tribals tried to gherao Barikul police station in Bankura on Monday. The police resorted to lathicharge to disperse the crowd. The PCAPA activists attacked Barikul police station near west Midnapore border. In retaliation, the police raided the village and arrested one Maoist, leaving three others injured. Around 3 pm, locals under the banner of PCAPA and backed by Maoists attacked the police station demanding immediate release of 16 innocent villagers held by them.
Vishal Garg, SP of Bankura, said: “We were prepared to prevent the attack by the Maoist-backed PCAPA activists. Within a few minutes, our forces retaliated.” “Three Maoists were injured in the battle, but they were rescued by others. A woman member of the Maoist action squad of West Midnapore, Urmila Sigh Sardar, has been arrested,” added Garg.