Two days before the Republic Day,
the CPI-Maoist announced its presence in Burdwan District of West
Bengal by issuing an "open letter" calling upon the people to
join them in overthrowing the Indian state through an armed struggle.
A senior CPI-Maoist leader, Anup
Roy, was arrested by the Special Task Force of the Kolkata Police
from the Sealdah area of Kolkata District.
Two CPI-Maoist cadres surrendered
before West Bengal Police along with their arms in an unspecified
A joint team of CRPF and State
Police arrested a CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Jagan Tudu from
Shiyarbinda village of Belpahari area of West Medinipur and seized
a large cache of arms and ammunition.
Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres opened
fire at the SDPO of Jhargram Police District. SDPO, Vivek Verma,
was returning from work around Belpahari in the same District
when bullets were fired at his car.
Two gelatin sticks fitted with
detonators were recovered from a main road, about six km from
the venue of TMC chairperson and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's
rally at Suri in Birbhum District.
Police seized 500 detonators and
600 gelatin sticks from a car near Tetulgram village under Kotshila
Police Station of Purulia District of West Bengal and arrested
two persons, identified as Subal Mahato and Jaladhar Dwari.
CPI-Maoist 'state committee member'
Anup Roy, who is lodged in Presidency Correctional Home and on
a fast-unto-death protest for the last six days, is demanding
political 'prisoner status' for himself. Roy was arrested in January
After fasting for more than a
week to get a writ petition filed in the Calcutta High Court,
alleged CPI-Maoist leader Anup Roy ended his hunger strike at
Presidency Correctional Centre in Kolkata, West Bengal.
A top CPI-Maoist leader, identified
as Arvind Bachhar, who was arrested from Baduria in North 24 Parganas
District has been sent to 14 days' judicial custody by a local
court in Jhargram District of West Bengal in a sedition case on
Five posters of the PLGA, the
armed wing of the CPI-Maoist, were found pasted on trees near
Chhoto Urma Railway Station in Purulia District of West Bengal.
In the posters, the PLGA urged the people to join the organisation
and denounced the Central and State Governments.
The Purulia zilla parishad
is not getting contractors to construct a road across the forest
hamlets in Purulia District of West Bengal as no one is willing
to take up the work because of CPI-Maoist threats in the area.
In order to facilitate the movement of the force and provide for
the people of Ayodhya Hills a better conveyance system, the administration
had decided to construct a metal road through the forest. Though
the detailed project report is ready, the District administration
cannot go ahead with the project due to Maoist threats. IGP (western
range), Siddhinath Gupta, said, "There is information that Maoist
activities in this area have increased and they are frequenting
the hilly terrains of Purulia and even some pockets of West Midnapore."
Hinting that CPI-Maoist is trying
to regroup in the Junglemahal area of West Bengal, CRPF officers
said paramilitary forces are keeping a close watch on inputs about
movement of various Maoist leaders in the area. "I won't say that
Maoists are not trying to regroup in Bengal. We get inputs that
Maoists leader Ranjit Pal and others are moving here and there
in Junglemahal," IG (CRPF) West Bengal sector Vivek Sahay told
reporters. "We are on high alert. We have our six battalions placed
here. But let me tell you one thing, the situation in Junglemahal
is much better than it was two-three years back," Sahay said.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
met UHM Rajnath Singh and discussed with him the Bardhaman blast
and other issues concerning the state. Official sources said that
during the 30-minute meeting, Banerjee briefed the home minister
regarding the prevailing law and order in West Bengal.
Two CPI-Maoist posters appeared
on trees in Bandhghra area in West Midnapore District of West
Bengal, but Police claimed those were put up by some local miscreants
to extort money. The posters, giving warning to local people,
were seen in Chatnisole and Deuldanga villages, SP Bharati Ghosh
said. "These posters were not put up by Maoists as they have no
presence in the area. Some miscreants have done it to extort money
from the villagers," she said.
Several CPI-Maoist posters, some threatening an
armed movement against the Birlas, were put up outside the Hind
Motor plant gate in West Bengal. The car factory has been shut
since July, 2014. Residents of houses around the factory and a
slum nearby spotted the posters in the morning and informed the