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Black day observed as Buddhadeb visits West Midnapore
Published on 7 Nov. 2009 11:57 PM IST
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Hundreds of school students, teachers and villagers took out rallies and observed a black day Saturday as West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee reached West Midnapore district on a two-day visit. According to police sources, the students and villagers took out protest rallies demanding withdrawal of security forces from all school buildings in and around Lalgarh region as it was affecting their studies. Police said the People’s Committee against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) activists, backed by Maoist rebels, blocked roads near Lodhashuli of Jhargram sub-division by felling big trees. Later the road was cleared by the police. “We’re investigating the matter. We assume it was done by Maoist ultras,” state Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen told reporters here. Meanwhile, security arrangements were stepped up across the district. Several police pickets were set up and mine detectors were used to carry out intense checking in the entire district before the visit of the chief minister. Bhattacharjee reached West Midnapore district to monitor the law and order situation there. He will hold meetings with district police officials to review the situation. In a separate incident, three villagers were shot dead by suspected Maoist guerrillas near Kushbon forest region under Binpur police station area. The bodies were recovered early Saturday morning. At least 3 kg of explosives, five guns and two improvised rocket launchers were also recovered Friday from Bankura’s Sarenga locality, which shares a border with West Midnapore district. 18 Kg RDX, firearms recovered from West Bengal forest The West Bengal police have recovered a huge cache of arms in the state’s Bankura forest. The discovery of arms was made ahead of bypolls to 10 assembly seats on Saturday. Police sources said 18 Kg of RDX, three rocket launchers, two pistols, and one landmine were recovered from the forest area. The state has been put on high alert post the discovery. So far, the police have not made any arrests, reported ZeeNews. Police didn’t say whether the firearms were meant for Naxals.

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