LALGARH,17th JUNE, 2009: Call it the growing power of Maoist movement or the weakening state government, the Maoists are now controlling the Lalgarh block in West Midnapore district just 170 kms away from here, pushing the ruling Left Front government on the back foot.
The Maoist went on a rampage, yesterday, in Lalgarh and ransacked CPI (M) zonal secretary’s home and party’s office before setting it on fire. Armed with automatic weapons they targeted CPM cadres and police and called the West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya as their main target
What’s shocking is the virtual no-resistance being offered by the state government as the Maoists go on with plan to capture the area. In fact, the police forces in the areas was told to withdraw from the area following the rise in tension - the CRPF forces have refused to go to the area unless they are given the permission to fire.
The current situation was precipitated when the body of a CPM worker, Shalku Soren, who had died while fighting the Maoists, was brought here on Sunday. But the party cadres had to leave the area fearing for their own lives as they were clearly outnumbered by the Maoist People's Liberation Guerilla Army cadres.
The leader of the troublemakers Bikash while talking to the media said, “The ground here is already ready and waiting for us. A child is about to be born and we are playing the role of the nurse who will deliver it."
The Maoists who are said to be 400 in numbers had targeted Buddhadeb last year on November 2, but their landmine blast narrowly missed him.
"On November 2, our plan was to execute Buddhadeb Babu. If West Bengal wants Buddhadeb hanged, who will hang him. It will be us of the People's Liberation Guerrilla Army," said Bikash.
The West Bengal government is due to meet today to decide upon their future course of action so as to ensure that the state’s writ is established again in the area.