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Terror back in Junglemahal,TMC leaders blame faction

Terror returns to West Midnapore,with eight killings in district since Mamata came to power.

Written by Sabyasachi Bandopadhyay | Jhargram (west Midnapore) |
September 27, 2011 2:58:11 am

Rabindranath Bose (51) dropped his wife Dipali (42) at their house in Dahijuri,Jhargram,at 6.30 pm on Sunday. He told her that he was going to Jhargram to meet someone and would be back soon. That was the last time Dipali saw her husband.

Minutes later,Bose,chief of Jharkhand Samanway Manch,an outfit he set up after breaking away from Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (Naren Hansda) eight years ago,was gunned down by four armed men at Dahijuri market. His assailants left the place while firing in the air. Bose was declared dead when brought to the hospital.

Late in the evening the police recovered another body with bullet wounds and hands tied at Binpur.

Terror and tension has returned to Junglemahal.

And this is evident from the fact that Minister for Paschimanchal Unnayan Affairs Sukumar Hansda has 10 security personnel positioned at a bunker at his residence and 10 others moving around with him. Hansda is the most protected minister in the Cabinet after the Chief Minister. “Those indulging in violence are against development,” he said,sitting at his fortified house near Jhargram hospital,where he was once a doctor.

If Hansda has a 20-member force protecting him,the MLAs from the area get four security guards with sophisticated weapons. “The government should give me a car. How else will they accompany me?” said Churamoni Mahato,TMC MLA from Gopiballavpur.

After a lull of about a month-and-a-half,eight people have been killed by suspected Maoists in West Midnapore district. Five of these killings took place in the last one month. Of these,three were Trinamool leaders,and one of them was a school teacher. Last week,suspected ultras tried to attack an under-construction camp of the joint forces near Dahijuri. The camp is now being protected by IRB jawans.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had started an initiative to establish dialogue with the Maoists and formed a committee headed by rights activist Sujata Bhadra. She had even suspended operations of the joint forces. After Bose’s death,she promised drastic action against Maoists. But no such directive has reached the district police.

“The entire Junglemahal has been mined. This needs intensive planning. We haven’t received any order,” said a police officer.

Top police officials refused to comment. “The decision will be taken by the government. I won’t comment on that,” said ADG,law and order,Surojit Kar Purakayastha.

Meanwhile,the blame game has an interesting twist now. While Mamata has said that it is the CPM which is indulging in violence under the garb of Naxals,her partymen have a different version. “One faction of our party is doing it under the tutelage of the CPM,’’ Mahato said.

Ashok Jiban Ghosh,secretary of Democratic Front against Atrocities,Corruption and Imperialist Aggression,which has replaced the People’s Committee against Police Atrocities,agrees with Mahato. “The Trinamool has waged a war against the people of Junglemahal. The different factions of the party are now fighting each other,” said Ghosh,who along with Niyati,wife of jailed PCPA leader Chhatradhar Mahato,runs the Front.

Chunibala Hansda,former MLA of Binpur under which Dahijuri falls,said: “It’s a serious situation. We thought Didi would be able to restore peace. But it’s the same story.”

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