PCAPA has big following in Bengal’s tribal belt
Posted by Admin on October 27, 2009
The People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA), which has claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s blockade of the Rajdhani Express, is an apex organisation for uniting the people of Lalgarh and the tribals against alleged atrocities of the police and CPI(M) in West Bengal.
The group was first heard of in the later half of 2008. Spearheaded by 45-year-old Chhatradhar Mahato, a local tribal leader, the PCAPA enjoys the loyalty of lakhs of people from the tribal-dominated West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts of Bengal. Its influence started with 22 villages and now extends to 47.
The PCAPA is regarded by many as a mouthpiece of the Naxals, but the group has denied such links.India Today