By Sujoy Khanra
September 29, 2011
MIDNAPORE: A day after the director general of police and state home secretary met the police top brass in Midnapore to chalk out the strategy for a fresh onslaught on Maoists, the rebels stuck posters in Kotwali police station area, asking people not to be part of this “conspiracy” by the state.
“Don’t be a harmad of the Mamata government. Don’t take this job. Don’t betray the common man by being a detective of the government,” said these posters. The posters came up after the government decided to recruit 10,000 home guards, national volunteer force personnel and SPOs in Jangalmahal .
The posters described the move as nothing but a bid to build up a Salwa Judum in Jangalmahal. Police collected as many as seven posters along the stretch between Tantigeria and Vidyasagar University. Written in blue and green ink, the posters also appealed to the masses to strengthen the Maoists to champion people’s cause. Significantly, the area where the posters were found is not far from the district administrative nerve centre.
On Thursday, the Trinamool will stage a rally in Nayagram and Jhargram of Jangalmahal in a desperate attempt to erase the fear in the mind of the party leaders. Mukul Roy will lead the rally. Trinamool leader Lalmohan Mahato was shot dead by Maoists a few days ago, leaving Trinamool leaders panicky. The killing of Mahato sent the government into a tizzy and it decided to take a strong stance against Maoists.
However, going into action mode may prove difficult at this moment, say officers. In the past four months there have been virtually no operation in Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore. State and paramilitary forces have lost control over many areas that were under their complete grip before May, said an officer.
Early this month, nearly 500 people gathered near Salboni to listen to dreaded Maoist leaders like Akash, Bikash, Suchitra and Tara, who told them not to get enticed by the state government’s offer of police jobs. Police had prior information of this, but no raid was conducted as the state government wanted a peaceful atmosphere conducive for talks.