September 18, 2011
Midnapore/KOLKATA: They had pasted posters in Belpahari and other parts of Jangalmahal warning villagers against applying for Special Police and National Volunteers Force posts that chief minister Mamata Banerjee had offered for the youths in Jangalmahal. The Maoists now have taken a step forward with their leaders reaching out to the villagers against the government offer. On Friday afternoon, some top Maoists, including state-level leader Akash, held a meeting at Salboni. The guerrilla leader asked villagers not to accept special police or home guard jobs offered by the state.
Sources said, around 7pm on Friday, a team of around 15 Maoists went to a village near Satpati where nearly 500 people from nearby villages were present. The Maoist leaders criticized the Trinamool-led government and alleged that Mamata Banerjee is not even trying to keep her words. “She promised to free the people who were arrested from Jangalmahal and to withdraw security forces. But in reality, she has intensified police operation and is planning to form a Salwa Judum-type force with local youths,” one of the Maoist leaders said at the meeting. Sources said the speaker was Akash who warned the villagers that if they accept the jobs of special police or home guards, they will be trapped by the government. “The government is trying to use innocent villagers against their brethren,” he reportedly said.
The Maoist leaders asked villagers to undertake development works under party supervision without waiting for government projects. “Villagers would have to start developmental works on their own and our party will help them,” one of them said. They even cited instances where villagers already have constructed roads, dug irrigation canals and wells.
Meanwhile in Kolkata, human rights activists also questioned Mamata Banerjee government’s sincerity in bringing peace to Jangalmahal following the detention of four rights activists, including a journalist. They said, Somprakash Chakraborty, son of jailed Maoist spokesperson Gour Chakraborty, Prasenjit Chakraborti, a senior producer of a Bengali news channel, Netai Das, a member of USDF and Nityananda Thakur, went to Belpahari on a fact-finding mission. They went to meet the family members of those who had been arrested during the Lalgarh movement.
“All the four were held by joint forces early on Friday from Patharchaki village along with four other villagers, but police are still denying their arrest,” said rights activist Naba Dutta.
Police sources said they were taken to East Singbhum district of Jharkhand and will be shown arrested from Chakulia for seditious activities.
“Police are now interrogating them at Mathiabandhi outpost there,” said a police officer.
“None of them are involved in any crime. Why they were detained, why police denied their interception and why they were taken to Jharkhand,” said APDR activist Rangta Munshi.