Night patrols by joint forces in Junglemahal

Stepping up operations in Junglemahal, the joint security forces are carrying out night searches on foot in forested areas of the region to track down Maoists.

Updated: Nov 21, 2011, 12:06 PM IST

Kolkata: Stepping up operations in
junglemahal, the joint security forces are carrying out night
searches on foot in forested areas of the region to track down
Maoists.

Equipped with night vision devices, lights and mine
detectors, personnel of the CRPF, part of the joint force
contingent, are leaving camps at Jhargram in West Midnapore
district by vehicles at night, then walking on foot into
jungles at Kalaboni and Lodhasuli, police sources said today.

In remote areas with unmetalled roads, two-man teams of
the joint security forces on motorcycles in groups of seven
to eight are patrolling round-the-clock, the sources said.

The intensified operations had led to the capture on
Friday of Maoist Nirmal Mahato from Malbona village, who had
taken part in detaining the Rajdhani Express for eight hours
at Banstala on October 27, 2009, the sources pointed out.

Areas in Jhargram, Nayagram and Belpahari were also
being combed.

In Purulia district, the forested areas which together
with West Midnapore and Bankura comprise junglemahal,
round-the-clock patrols were extended to the Jaipur police
station area, in addition to Jhalda, Bandwan, Bagmundi,
Balarampur and Arsha.

Rabi Mandi, a Maoist cadre of the Maoists` Ayodhya squad
had surrendered to Superintendent of Police Sunil Kumar
Choudhury yesterday, saying poverty had driven him to the
ultra camp in 2005.

However, he expressed his wish to return to the
mainstream as a package had been announced by the Chief
Minister.

He was the fifth Maoist to surrender in Purulia district.
Earlier, Durjyodhan Rajwar and Lalita Sahis of Balarampur
had surrendered before Choudhury and Jagari Baske and Rajaram
Baske before the chief minister at the state secretariat.

In Bankura district, patrols were continuing in Raipur,
Sarenga, Barikul and Taldangra police station areas.

PTI