Maoist leader wants release of innocent Lalgarh women
Posted by Admin on October 21, 2009
KOLKATA: The second officer of the Sankrail police station in Maoist-infested West Midnapore district, Dibakar Bhattacharjee was killed by the Maoists because he had tried to retaliate against the armed gang of the ultra-Left forces which attacked the police station.
Passing on this information, Maoist leader Kishenji said “We had no intention to kill the police officer. But despite our instruction not to use arms, the officer had tried to open fire and we killed him on the spot.” The Maoist leader also claimed that the abducted officer-in-charge (OC) of the police station, Atindranath Dutta, was in their safe custody.
“The wife of the abducted OC had appealed us to release her husband. The OC has two children. I told his wife that the police have arrested 60 ordinary women in Lalgarh and entire Jangalmahal. All these women are innocent and have nothing to do with our agitation. I, therefore, requested the OC’s wife, who is also a woman, to urge the senior police officials to release these 60 innocent women who are undergoing torture in several police stations. If the police release these women, we will also free the OC,” Kishenji told ET over phone from an undisclosed location.
Kishenji also said that they have not abducted the OC for release of Chhatradhar Mahato. “We want the police to release 60 innocent and poor women in Lalgarh and we will free the OC once the government accepts our demand. We are not demanding release of Chhatradhar Maharo or any of our leaders and activists who are currently languishing in different jails,” claimed Kishenji.
He also claimed that they would not release the abducted OC on Tuesday night. “But he (OC) is in safe custody and several other policemen are also in our custody,” Kishenji claimed. Asked why they attacked the police station and looted so many arms and ammunition, Kishenji said “ordinary people in Lalgarh and Jangalmahal want arms and ammunition in their possession to combat police torture.
People of Lalgarh are asking for arms and they urged us to supply arms and ammunitions to them so that they can combat the police force which has in its possession sophisticated arms. We, have therefore, looted about 20 revolvers and rifles and we will help the innocent villagers of Lalgarh with these weapons,” Kishenji said.
Explaining the reason for looting a nationalised bank, the Maoist leader said that “for an organisation like us, we need a large sum of money and arms and ammunition to continue our movement. ET