WB DGP calls for `people`s revolt` against Maoists

Claiming that popular support for the Maoists is on the wane in Left Wing Extremist-affected districts of West Bengal, the state`s top police officer today favoured a "people`s revolt" to end the menace.

Last Updated: Jun 09, 2010, 00:09 AM IST

Kolkata: Claiming that popular support for
the Maoists is on the wane in Left Wing Extremist-affected
districts of West Bengal, the state`s top police officer today
favoured a "people`s revolt" to end the menace.

The only way to stop the Maoists from killing the
innocent in Jhargram, Jamboni, Binpur and Nayagram was for
them to revolt, DGP Bhupinder Singh told reporters here.

"They are soft targets. It is not possible to protect
everyone in every village. This can be stopped only when the
people revolt. After all, it is they who are getting killed.
We are, of course, ready to help them."

He also pointed out that "previously, the Maoists used
to hold trials in people`s court before killing a person. But
now, they are not holding such courts. This means they are
losing popular support".

To a question, Singh, however, ruled out possibility
of arming villagers in Maoist areas as had been done in some
Maoist-infested states.

Maoist activities have almost come to an end in
Bandowan in Purulia district after people rose up in revolt
against the extremists, the DGP said after attending a State
Advisory Committee meeting on the Left Wing Extremist-affected
areas.

PTI