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Lalgarh operation yet to deliver success: WB govt
Published on 6 Aug. 2009 11:02 PM IST
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The security operation carried out by the police and paramilitary forces to flush out Maoists from the trouble-torn belt of Lalgarh has not received satisfactory results, the West Bengal government conceded Thursday. “Initially, we received significant success in establishing the rule of the law in Lalgarh, but in the latter half of the operation the result has not been very satisfactory,” Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen told reporters after a meeting with senior state police officer. “As a matter of fact, we have seen that the incidents of killing and abduction are taking place there. We’ve also not been able to arrest those top-rung Maoist leaders who have taken shelter in the inhospitable forest terrains of Lalgarh. “As the central paramilitary forces would not stay in Lalgarh permanently, we’ll have to plan for a time-bound operation, say for next 15-25 days, to improve the law and order situation in the region,” Sen said. Condemning the growing Maoist activities in Lalgarh, the state’s ruling Left Front (LF) chairman Biman Bose said the joint operation was still on in that belt. “The Maoists are adopting a hit-and-run policy and they will continue to do so,” he said, adding the Left Front is concerned about the exodus of its party cadres from the area due to the terror perpetrated by the Leftwing extremist group. Lalgarh, about 200 km west of Kolkata, has been on the boil since November when a landmine exploded on the route of the convoy of Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and then central ministers Ram Vilas Paswan and Jitin Prasada. Alleging police atrocities after the blast, the Maoists along with the People’s Committee against Police Atrocity (PCAPA) launched an agitation and made the area a virtual ‘free zone’ by torching police camps and offices of the ruling communist party and driving out the civil administration. Jharkhand Party activists killed Three activists of Jharkhand Party-Naren (JKP-N) were killed by suspected Maoist rebels early Thursday in this trouble-torn belt of West Midnapore district. District Magistrate Narayan Swarup Nigam told IANS that the bodies were found on the National Highway 9 near Magurai village under Binpur police station. “All three were workers of JKP-N. One of them was gunned down. The bodies of the other two bore injury marks inflicted with sharp weapons,” he said. Citing police reports, Nigam said Maoists were believed to have carried out the attack. With the recovery of these three bodies, the number of those killed by the Leftist ultras has risen to nine since the state police and central paramilitary forces began a joint operation June 18 to flush out the Maoists from the Lalgarh belt of West Bengal. The rebels had also abducted four policemen recently. Two of them remain untraced.

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