July 23, 2009 3:25:57 am
Security forces today recovered the bullet-ridden body of a CPM cadre who had gone missing the previous evening from his village in Lalgarh,taking the number of CPM activists killed over the last two weeks to eight.
Villagers found the body of Phagu Baske (46) in Madhupur in Belpahari police station area. Phagu was a local branch committee leader of the CPM. Later,security forces retrieved his body and sent it for postmortem.
Maoists also dropped posters in Chilgora in Kotwali police station area naming four local CPM branch committee leaders and asking them to quit the party immediately. The poster threatened that if they failed to do so,a peoples court will be set up soon in the area to decide their fate. It claimed they might get capital punishment for being with the CPM.
Meanwhile,the Peoples Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) started a hunger strike demanding the opening of schools in the area,which have been converted to camps for security forces for some time now.
Dozens of men,women and children sat on a fast at the Gohomidanga High School,demanding security forces be removed from there and normal classes resumed.
The schoolchildren and their parents have initiated a hunger-strike because despite assurances,the state government is yet to open the schools for the children. Besides,security forces are harassing and torturing innocent villagers in the name of conducting operations against the Maoists. We are spearheading our agitation against this, said PCAPA leader Chhattradhar Mahato.
Mahato recently established communication with Left Front leaders other than those in the CPM and sought their support for their movement. Constituents of the Left Front,including RSP and Forward Bloc,have spoken against the police operation in Lalgarh and promised to take up the matter with the Front leadership.
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