UP IN ARMS : Tribal women hold bows and arrows and march during a rally in Esplanade area of Kolkata on Friday
Police beat a villager
A villager begs a policeman to spare him after his arrest near Lalgarh
Police arrest a villager
|18 Jun 2009, 1830 hrs IST|
Maoist Kishan reacting on the crackdown of the police on the armed tribals said that thousands of villagers are with them in their fight agianst injustice and that at least 2000 villages are involved in the movement. He also said that it was unlike anyother gathering and that they were fighting against the atrocities of the government and the police.
The maoist also said that they were firmly entrenched in Nadigram and would continue to be so. He said police have committed unimaginable atrocities on the tribals there. The maoist further said that since Independence, the nation has not witnessed such a movement.
The central forces have begun their operations to flush out the Maoists from the villages in Lalgarh. Paramilitary forces whose advances were blocked by naxals by installing various roadblocks have now started engaging the naxals in a gunbattle.
Security forces were able to negotiate varius roadblocks like felled trees and dug up roads to enter Lalgarh. The West Bengal government which was under pressure has asked the state police forces to lead the operations against the naxalites. The government fearing an indiscriminate use of force by the paramilitaries has asked the police to play a more pro-active role.