September 22, 2009 6:53:22 pm
Security personnel on Tuesday entered Enaitpur,the scene of last night’s fierce gunbattle between Maoists and CPI(M) cadre in West Midnapore district of West Bengal,but did not come across casualties claimed by the Left-wing extremists.
“The police have been able to enter the area. There is no casualty,” West Midnapore’s Superintendent of Police Manoj Verma said.
Police had earlier said that some people were killed on Monday in the exchange of fire between armed CPI(M) supporters and Maoists in the area.
Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen told reporters that there was no death in the armed encounter,but three persons suffered bullet injuries. “The political affiliation of the injured was not yet known,” he said.
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Meanwhile,District police sources said that two women,Sombibi Besari and her daughter,Dulali Besari were admitted to the Jhargram sub-divisional hospital with bullet injuries in the legs.
The Maoists claimed that they killed seven CPI(M) cadres in the gunbattle,that according to them,took place after Left workers opened fire at a rally at Enaitpur killing two women and injuring another Monday night.
The Home Secretary said he has no information of arms and ammunition being stocked at CPI(M) party office.
According to him,bullets were fired from a distance at the CPI(M) office at Enaitpur.
Sen,however,ruled out any possibility of mediating between the CPI(M) and Maoists. “State government will not take any mediatory role between the CPI(M) and the Maoists,” he said.
To a question,he said that the police had informed him that the media had referred to some deaths in the gunbattle ‘based on the briefing of Maoist leader Kisenji’.
Kishenji,on the other hand,claimed that CPI(M) cadre opened fire at a rally before the Monidaha Marxist Party office at Enaitpur killing two women and injuring another last night.
He claimed that this led to villagers to laid a siege to the entire area and throw stones at the CPI (M) office.
“We had to stop firing because police came to the rescue the CPI(M) cadre,” he added.
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