Deadline to Maoists ends tomorrow, security tight

Security has been heightened across Junglemahal with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee`s seven-day deadline to Maoists for laying down arms coming to an end tomorrow and the ultras calling a 24-hour bandh in defiance.

Last Updated: Oct 21, 2011, 19:45 PM IST

Jhargram: Security has been heightened
across Junglemahal with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee`s seven-day deadline to Maoists for laying down arms coming to an end tomorrow and the ultras calling a 24-hour bandh in defiance.

Joint forces intensified patrol with some entering on
motorcycles in interior areas in West Midnapore, Bankura and
Purulia districts, the forested areas of which are
collectively known as `Junglemahal`, police said.

Maoist posters have appeared at Lodhasuli market, Lalgarh
and Belpahari in West Midnapore district calling for isolating
the "anti-people" Trinamool Congress, its "boycott" and
"defeat".
In some posters, the Maoists decried the recent suspension
of some Indian Reserve Battalion personnel for going on
hunger-strike in their camps in Junglemahal against prolonged
posting in hazardous areas and the alleged apathy of
superiors.

The posters also protested the rape of a housewife allegedly by the joint forces.
Trinamool Congress MP Subhendu Adhikary said the posters
were a deperate attempt by the Maoists, who were isolated from
the people.

PHED Minister and Trinamool leader Subrata Mukherjee said
in Kolkata that such posters would hinder the development
process and resoration of peace in Junglemahal by the state
government.

PTI