Lalgarh:Police Barracks plan hits a hurdle as villagers oppose construction work
Posted by Admin on August 6, 2009
KOLKATA, 5 AUG: The initiative taken by the state public health engineering department to set up police barracks in Lalgarh has hit a major hurdle as Police Santras Birodhi Public Committee (PSBPBC) supporters obstructed the construction work.
According to senior officials of the state public health engineering department, PSBPC supporters often hurled bombs and threatened the local labourers while they worked on the construction at night. They even demanded money from the engineers and told them that they would not be allowed to carry on with the job if they do not comply.
The labourers were also threatened. As a result most of the labourers are reluctant to work in the trouble-torn area.
The plan to construct the barracks was mooted after it was found that police officers posted in various areas in Lalgarh were not getting basic amenities to sustain themselves. They had to camp in schools which again had led to further agitation as students were missing their classes.
A senior official of the state public health engineering department said plans are there to set up 34 police barracks in 12 places ~ Ramgarh, Dherua, Kadasole , Sijhua, Belatikri, Doijuri, Dharampur, Lochipur , Kantapahari , Bhimpur. The work is scheduled to be completed by 31 July, but it could not be completed due to escalating tension.
Recently a team of senior officials visited Lalgarh and requested the SP Midnapore, Mr Manoj Verma to provide adequate security to the engineers and labourers so that they could carry on wit the job.
Even frequent strikes called by the Maoist hampered the work. The department had to hire workers from elsewhere as no local labourers are keen to work in the trouble torn area.
The senior officers will submit the project report to the chief secretary Mr Asok M Chakrabarti on 9 August and explain the difficulties faced by the labourers while they carry out the project in Lalgarh. The Statesman