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Crackdown in Midnapore

Security forces on Wednesday arrested several persons and detained many others as part of an anti-Maoist operation conducted in large parts of Lalgarh,Salboni,Belpahari and Kotwali in West Midnapore district....

Written by Madhuparna Das | Kolkata |
April 8, 2010 11:06:48 pm

Security forces on Wednesday arrested several persons and detained many others as part of an anti-Maoist operation conducted in large parts of Lalgarh,Salboni,Belpahari and Kotwali in West Midnapore district. Among those detained are a doctor who allegedly treated Kishenji and other injured Maoist leaders in Hatiloth and Lalkhanpur forests on March 24.

“Our forces have conducted two major operations in Lalgarh today. In one operation,they seized arms and ammunition,including AK-47s. In the other operation,some people suspected to have Maoists links were picked up,” said Special DG (CRPF) Vijay Raman. He added: “I have been told that the forces have detained a doctor who reportedly treated Kishenji after he had received bullet injuries during an encounter on March 24. He has been taken to the district police headquarters for interrogation.”

“We have arrested some suspected Maoists,among them two to three persons are important for us. But details of the operation cannot be divulged now for the sake of investigation. We are now verifying the facts,” said DGP Bhupinder Singh. “We will let the media know in a couple of days,” he added.

“We destroyed Maoists shelters in several places and seized AK-47 and INSAS rifles. The doctor confessed to having treated Kishenji over the last few days,” confirmed police official on the condition of anonymity.

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However,a handwritten fax message purportedly sent by the Maoists to some media organisations on Tuesday had claimed that “the news about Kishenji being injured in police encounter was a misinformation campaign launched by the police”.

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