Villagers chase away Maoists in West Midnapore



Jhargram (WB): For the second time in a week, villagers refused to abide by Maoist diktats and chased them away in West Midnapore district.

Two youths came on a motorbike to Nischinta village near Lodhasoli and asked the villagers to gather for a meeting by PCPA, a frontal organisation of the Maoists, in neighbouring Nohoria village Saturday night, police said.

As the villagers declined, about 14 Peoples Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) activists on motorbikes came to Nischinta and threatened them.

Enraged villagers chased the PCPA activists with sticks and bows and arrows, and caught one of them along with his bike, they said.

They tied up the youth and reported the incident to the police, which reached the village this morning. However, the villagers refused to hand over the Maoist to police, and demanding setting up of a police camp there.

Police said a search has been launched to trace the Maoist, an active member of the PCPA.

Villagers told visiting newsmen that the youths had told them that the PCPA wanted them to attack the police and CPI-M members.

On Thursday, residents of Radhanagar village in the district refused to join anti-government rally and chased away Maoists.

The rebels struck back the next day and hacked to pieces and gunned down a school headmaster in front of the school for not freeing students to attend a Maoist rally in the district the next day.

PTI