Five SUCI men arrested in Lalgarh
Posted by Admin on November 13, 2009
MIDNAPORE: Five SUCI leaders were injured in firing by security forces on Thursday when they tried to enter Bakshibandh village in West
Midnapore’s Lalgarh, a day after a fierce gunbattle between security forces and Maoist guerrillas. They have been arrested and three motorbikes seized.
The SUCI team were on their way to Bakshibandh to organize an agitation against Wednesday’s security operation in the village and its neighbouring areas. Most of the villagers have fled and the SUCI team was also planning to bear away the aged and infirm, who are still stuck in the village.
By the time the SUCI men reached the village, the joint forces had already started combing operations in Bakshibandh and neighbouring Bargechhia, Chandra, Dherua and Chuanshole. The forces fired on the bike-borne men, leaving Shibu Mahato, Bablu Mahato, Babulal Hembram, Dilip Hansda and Lalmohan Murmu injured. All of them were arrested.
Pranatosh Maity, SUCI district committee member, said, "Joint forces and CPM-backed goons burnt down 29 villagers’ houses on Wednesday night and beat up women. Villagers fled from Bakshibandh fearing fresh attacks. Seven of our local leaders tried to take food for the aged and organize a demonstration. But the forces seized their motorbikes and arrested five men." He claimed that CPM-backed goons had allegedly captured Chandra village, blocked the road and were torturing local residents.
The 72-hour PCPA bandh in Jhargram sub-division was total, with no buses or vehicles plying on the roads. PCPA supporters burnt a pick-up van at Dhenkipura near Sapdhara in Jhargram. The administration has clamped Section 144 in Jhargram town. A huge contingent of securitymen was deployed in the town as there were rumours of a fresh PCPA rally. TOI