Silda residents feel insecure ‘but cops just don’t listen’

Shaken by the Maoists’ brutal raid on Silda camp of EFR,people in the area,particularly shop owners,are feeling unsafe in the area.

Written by Ravik Bhattacharya | Kolkata | Published: February 19, 2010 3:48:45 am

Shaken by the Maoists’ brutal raid on Silda camp of EFR,people in the area,particularly shop owners,are feeling unsafe in the area.

The local business community has resorted to protests alleging that the security in the area has been withdrawn and they are feeling vulnerable. So on Thursday,around 500 locals,including businessmen,gathered near the camp site to meet the senior police officers who were visiting the area. But to their disappointment,the police team led by Raj Kanojia ADG CID left the spot without having a word with the locals.

“The police officers are coming here and talking to media. But none of them have talked to the locals. We have our grievances and we want to tell them,” said Apurba Chandra Laha,who runs a small shop in the Silda market.

This led the locals to protest against the administration.

“After the camp attack,security forces have been withdrawn from here. This is one of the busiest markets in the area and there are so many shops. The shopkeepers are now feeling insecure. There are reports of thefts at night,” said Amulya Routh,a local shop owner. Routh said the locals are living in constant fear of being attacked by the Maoists.

At the Salua residential quarters of EFR personnel in Kharagpore,family members once again protested against the state government by blocking roads.

During the protest,which started in the morning and continued till afternoon,the families warned the government against delaying in fulfilling its promise. “The chief minister has conceded 99 per cent of our demands. We give him three months to fulfil his assurances. Otherwise we will again take the path of agitations,” said Bikas Thapa,one of the family members.

They later carried out a candle light vigil in memory of the 24 EFR jawans killed in Silda camp raid.

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