Kolkata: The bloody Maoist attack on Shilda
EFR camp earlier this year, in which 24 jawans were killed,
was planned and coordinated by an associate of top naxal
leader Kishenji, a senior police official said today.
"We have learnt that the February 15 attack was planned
and coordinated by Bikash, an associate of Kishenji," West
Bengal DGP Bhupinder Singh said.
He is also the one behind the attack on the Sankrail
police station in October last year in which two policemen
were killed and the officer-in-charge of the outpost abducted,
the officer said.
Detailing the chain of events on the fateful day, he said
nearly 70 Maoists had arrived in three cars at the Shilda EFR
camp and began to attack from various directions.
"The first volley of bullets were fired from the public
toilet adjacent to the camp by Maoists armed with AK-47 rifles
and small arms. This attack killed the sentry on duty," he
According to Singh, it took the Maoists two months to
plan the attack and had followed the daily activities at the
camp during the period.
Singh said the state police department had recommended
the names of three EFR jawans of the Silda camp, including two
of the 24 killed, for the Gallantry Award for their role in
resisting the attack and killing five Maoists.
The name of Rabi Lochan Moitra, officer-in-charge of the
Sarenga police station who was killed by Maoists, has also
been recommended, he said.