Women Maoists play key role in Shilda attack
Shilda (WB): The women power among Maoists
came to the fore once again as it played a key role in
executing the attack on Eastern Front Rifles camp here last
If four months ago a Maoist squad, led by a woman, had
kidnapped policeman Atindranath Dutta on October 20, in the
latest assault, the women not only did the recce but it was a
woman from Jharkhand who had led an entire platoon that
attacked the Shilda camp of the EFR housed in the premises of
a Primary Health Centre.
According to a top level district police source, three
women, disguised as tribal dancers, came to the spot in the
morning, danced and collected money from shop-owners and
"They entered the camp pleading they didn`t have anything
to eat and so we offered them food and after eating them they
went away," an injured EFR jawan being treated at Jhargram
sub-divisional hospital said on condition of anonymity.
They left the place at around 11 in the morning and the
deadly attack took place at 4. 45 in the evening resulting in
24 jawans killed, a district police source said.
According to district intelligence sources, the three
women did the final reccee before launching the attack. A
man was there but he waited nearby at a road intersection for
the women to come back.
"According to information available, the lady who looked
hardly 32 years old came from Jharkhand and was perhaps new in
the area," a senior district police officer said.
Asked if known Maoist commandos were on the strike, the
officer said "commanders like Sasadhar Mahato and Jagori
Baske were there in the platoon but they didn`t lead the
Sasadhar is the brother of Chattradhar Mahato - the PCPA
leader arrested by the police and Jagori Baske - the lady who
had led the attack at Sankrail in West Midnapore district
police station and abducted Atindranath Dutta who was later
The three roads - the State Highway nine which goes from
Jhargram to Shilda, the road from Bankura and the road that
goes from Shilda to Midnapur via Naranpur - were all
chock-a-block with mines.
"The mines were planted mainly at Fulkusuma, Malabati
and Naranpur and roads were blocked by felled trees and
naturally the police had to tread carefully through the kutcha
road, leaving the metal road. So, it took at least four hours
to reach the spot. The Maoists had enough time to flee," the
``The Maoists had enough information about the jawans
and the camp because they initially destroyed 13 out of 20
smaller camps inside by throwing mortars, and petrol bombs,"
the officer said.
``Then they entered the camp through all the three gates
and fired at the jawans from all sides leaving the inmates not
even a slightest opportunity to defend themselves,`` the
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