Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Worsening Wasteland of West Bengal

Murdered Noor Ali Molla, a supporter of TMC in Shasan, N 24 Pgs on 27.10.09

Wasteland of West Bengal

Shikha Mukerjee

The State is losing the fight to gain a place among the locations that will power India towards fulfilling its potential as an economic power. Along with the Nano, other possibilities too have fled and the return of the Maoists shows West Bengal is an inhospitable place for investors.

The right to agitate to wrest concessions from an inert and insensitive authority is legitimate. The legitimacy of agitations that convert busy places bustling with new activities into wastelands is questionable.

Travelling down the Durgapur Expressway that links up with the National Highway, once upon a time the Grand Trunk Road, the desolate enclosed factory lands with sheds that are waiting for the ravages of time and climate to grow rusted is a painful reminder that West Bengal is losing the fight to gain a place, however modest, among the locations that will power India towards fulfilling its long delayed potential as an economic power. If the loss were confined to just one factory — the Tata Motors manufacturing facility for the Nano car, the waste would have been less visible and less painful.

Along with the Nano other possibilities too have fled. The busy expressway is reverting to a sleepy expressway. The dhabas and the restaurants, the parking lots for trucks and the burgeoning housing projects have all dwindled, waiting to die a natural death. Everything is there, but there is nothing to sustain the investments in eateries, parking lots, housing, godowns. Even the stands displaying garish buntings that truckers buy to adorn the behemoths have declined. There are fewer of them now than before.

All of this is a reminder that West Bengal had a future and that future has been killed off by competitive and ultimately destructive politics. Thirty years ago, there was a rust belt in West Bengal that stretched from Kolkata across the lush green acres of Hooghly, Howrah, Burdwan, the undivided districts of Midnapore and 24 Parganas. The rust was from factories that had shut down because the investors had decided that West Bengal was politically too volatile for comfortably doing business. During those years, the tea gardens too witnessed a slide. The jute industry limped, the engineering industry rusted.

The slow climb out of the deep well of despair took decades, hampered by ideological barriers against computerisation and modernisation that required the obsolete to be discarded and new machines and new ways to be adopted. Small engineering fled to several places including Pune, Ludhiana, Jalandhar. Policy ensured that the big public sector investments and the so-called big private sector investments were made in less developed places. West Bengal’s economy

Post 1977, there was land reforms that released productive energies in agriculture. For West Bengal that was consolation because economic activity picked up some pace, even though that pace was obviously slow. There were cautious efforts to lure back investors. Even after 1994 and the brand new industrial policy resolution that adapted economic reforms and liberalisation to fit the rhetoric of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), there was little forward movement.

The one big success was the Haldia Petrochemicals Limited and the almost stealthy entry of the IT sector. Possibilities began emerging, albeit hesitantly.

Then with a bang, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee launched his successful mission to bring in the investors. Tata Motors came and Singur despite the land row started off with the certainty that West Bengal would become a global destination since the Nano would be manufactured here. The Rs 1 lakh small car that challenged every big car maker in the world was all set to transform West Bengal’s image even if not every segment of the State’s economy.

The anti-land acquisition movement threatened and then killed the Nano project. It also produced a spectacular political revival of the Opposition, led by the Trinamool Congress and its leader Mamata Banerjee. The contested land located on the Durgapur Expressway is now a series of sheds awaiting the onset of corrosion. Beside the contested land other sheds too seem to be similarly unemployed. The traffic on the expressway is lighter. The numbers of trucks trundling along are fewer, and far fewer of them are waiting to move either up or down the road. Instead of hectic movement, if the Nano plant had survived the politics of West Bengal, there is a sluggish movement of goods. The toll gates look underused and there are fewer police manning them, because the traffic is light.

And now there are the Maoists. Even if the Maoists are spread across some 180 odd districts of India, even if the purpose of the Centre’s crackdown on them is as Arundhati Roy claims to clear the way for international mining interests, the connection between violent ultra Left politics and West Bengal is special. The original Naxalite movement started here. The return of the Maoists is a reminder that West Bengal is an inhospitable place for investors.

Sweeping down the expressway two years ago, there was a lot of activity around Dankuni. Branded as the new Kolkata west of the original city, a township was in the making. The ugly sculpted horses on top of a gate that led from nowhere to nowhere marked the beginning of a brave new world. The horses and the gate remain, the housing project has slumped and DLF’s investment has disappeared.

The wasteland is beginning to creep back and soon West Bengal will revert to its rust belt status. All activity will be political. For those who want to or must because they need to earn a livelihood, the multiple new train connections will speed an army of low cost labour out of West Bengal. Those who get left behind will constitute the miserable proletariat, ripe for political manipulation.

Courtsey : Sikha Mukerjee||

Monday, October 26, 2009

A different class war


Maoists play to middle class sensitivities in West Bengal

Shikha Mukerjee

The unpalatable fact is that there was high voltage drama enacted by the Maoists, including its leader Koteswar Rao alias Kishenji, and the West Bengal Government as well as the Centre over one hostage —Atindranath Dutta. He, as the photographs will confirm, is a well nourished police officer in charge of the police station at Sankrail in West Midnapore district.

While two others died at the same police station, two other policemen were taken hostage — Kanchan Gorai and Sabir Mollah —from Dharampur and Pirkhana, also in the same district, there was no drama over their deaths and disappearance. Clearly there is a class divide between ‘us’ and ‘them’. Dutta is so obviously middle class that his being taken hostage commands attention. The others are so obviously not ‘middle class’ that the absence of attention is entirely customary.

Kishenji agreed to send Dutta back unscathed because otherwise ‘public opinion’ would have swung from sneaking sympathy to equally hostile antagonism. The public whose opinion matters and cannot be taken for granted, bludgeoned, brow beaten and condemned into cowering silence is that of the middle class. The rest, including most of 124 listed as “martyrs” in the poll and post-violence between March and October this year in West Bengal belong to that silent majority who do not inhabit that elite space defined theoretically as the ‘public sphere’.

Therefore, it was a duet that was composed between the middle class conscious Maoists and Marxists to broker a deal that could release one of their own, Dutta. The post-release performance of Dutta, media and family has been a three-ring circus. With their every move captured on camera, every tear and smile recorded for vicarious entertainment, the deliberate deflection of attention from two other policemen, Gorai and Mollah, it seems West Bengal has feelings only for its bhadralok.

If senior police officials are upset over the post-release drama, if they are frustrated because they were not allowed to at least attempt a capture or face off with Kishenji just when they had him holed up, pinned down and ready for the plucking on October 22 night, no one is acting on that. The shocker is that Dutta having done nothing, beyond as he claimed “kept his cool,” has become a hero and while he parades around in the harsh glow of flash lights nobody is asking why he is not back at work.

Old timers have quietly and privately questioned the action of the State Government in countenancing such unprofessional conduct. These same old timers have then shrugged and answered their own query: Everything that is done is based on electoral calculations. The point that old timers wish to make is that Dutta has not been checked over after his being taken hostage. If he were a policeman in the real sense surely he gathered some intelligence that may be of some use or at least can go on active files in a situation where the Indian state is, as the Maoist supremo Ganapati declared earlier this week, locked in a war-like situation and Operation Venus is underway.

The conspiracy of class includes the usually strident Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee. After condemning the hostage taking and the attack on the Sankrail police station, Ms Banerjee has fallen conspicuously silent. The day the attack occurred, she spat venom at the West Bengal Government, alleged that it was a so-called attack by the Maoists and questioned the capacity of the State administration to protect the police force. The irony of her demand that the police force be protected obviously escaped her as much as it escaped her admirers and critics.

The commonplace ‘normal’ that expects the police force to protect rather than be protected, that expects a policeman to be differently dutiful and less a celebrity baking in media attention are measures that no longer apply in West Bengal. The parameters within which the normal, the usual, the ordinary and the routine, function have changed. While many would lazily suggest that everything has been “politicised,” others would not even bother to wonder why the ‘normal’ is no longer applicable.

Critics of the CPI (Marxist) would vehemently assert that the ‘normal’ was distorted soon after 1977 when the party came to power in the State. Others less extreme would estimate that the ‘normal’ was distorted in the 1980s. To reckon when the abnormal became ‘normal’ is a matter that perhaps academics can explore; for the rest, an easy to grasp divide in before 2006 and after 2006, before Singur and Nandigram and the Trinamool Congress’s ma, mati, manush push, the spectacular revival of Maoist politics and violence and one major casualty, the Nano car factory.

Since 2006, the ‘normal’ has become abnormal. A nearly completed factory shut down because of an agitation led by one and supported by other parliamentary parties. Maoists via its fronts or perhaps infiltrated People’s Committees against land acquisition, against police atrocities have acquired an aura. Even though the Congress has questioned the Trinamool Congress’s association with organisations attached to Maoists, there has been no political reckoning on this.

Despite the puzzling political equations, the credit ratings of every organisation have remained blue chip. The rating agency that is most respected is that of the Maoists; by rejecting the Constitution, declaring themselves outlaws, condemning parliamentary parties and their politics, the Maoists have acquired a halo. Their judgment matters and it is sacrosanct.

'Our party wanted to kill West Bengal's chief minister'

An interview with Maoist Leader Gour Chakroborty on !9.06.09 published in Rediffmail.

Security forces on Thursday, June 18, moved into the restive Lalgarh region in West Bengal's [ Images ] Midnapore district to end the three-day siege led by the Communist Party of India (Maoist).
The Communist Party of India (Maoist) went on a rampage targeting Communist Party of India-Marxist cadres and leaders, destroying their homes and party offices and setting up barricades to block the police and Central Reserve Police Force's entry.

As the country awaits a solution to the Lalgarh crisis,'s Indrani Roy Mitra caught up with Gour Chakraborty, the CPI (Maoist)'s spokesman, late on Thursday night.

The party came into being in September 2004 through the merger of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), the People's War Group and the Maoist Communist Centre of India. The merger was announced on October 14 the same year.

What led to the Lalgarh violence?

Every act of violence has its roots in torture and repression. Be it the French Revolution, Russian Revolution, Santhal movement or Tebhaga movement, all uprisings resulted from popular discontent.

Tribals of Lalgarh have suffered for years. They have been tortured and insulted by the ruling Left Front and the police.

What is happening at Lalgarh is nothing but an explosion of tribals' pent-up grievances.

Lalgarh, if you remember, has been on the boil since last November when a landmine exploded near Bhadutala on the route of the convoy of West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee [ Images ] and then central ministers Ram Vilas Paswan and Jiten Prasada.

The ministers were returning after laying the foundation of a steel plant in Salboni.

Soon after, the police launched a massive combing operation and arrested local school students and harassed tribal women.

In protest, angry tribals in and around Lalgarh dug up roads, virtually cutting off Lalgarh from the rest of Midnapore.

They also demanded a public apology from the police for the alleged excesses against them.

The area has witnessed continuous clashes since then.

Hinting at a state within a state, tribal leader Chhatradhar Mahato [ Images ] of the People's Committee Against Police Atrocities said on Thursday his organisation could build infrastructure in just eight months in Lalgarh? Is it true?

Absolutely. Though the PCAPA is an infant organisation, it has a mission to better the lives of the tribals.

The PCAPA is fighting for the tribals's cause, it is seeking justice for them.

Like the PCAPA, we too are against violence. But what is happening in Lalgarh is the outburst of the people who have been suffering for the last 32 years.

It is being alleged that you are using women and children as shields.

This is utter nonsense. We are not using women and children as shields. Hundreds and thousands of tribal women have come out in the open spontaneously, shouting slogans against the police and the administration.

They are walking in tandem with us.

How do you justify the loss of so many innocent lives? Why are you killing policemen? They are just doing their jobs.

We are orchestrating a revolution at Lalgarh. Can you cite an instance where a revolution took place without bloodshed? Our motive is not to take innocent lives.

We just want to resist coercion and police atrocities. To counter force, we have to combat and resort to violence.

We really feel sorry for those who get martyred in the process, but we can't help it.

The security forces are on their way to free Lalgarh. Are you equipped enough to resist them?

One should not underestimate us. We know our strength and weaknesses. We are also aware how strong our 'enemies' are.

You mean your cache of arms and ammunition is huge enough.

I am not supposed to talk about it. But do remember, we are strong enough to put up a brave fight.

The CPI-M [ Images ] is alleging that the Trinamool Congress [ Images ] is giving you tacit approval. Is it true?

No, not at all. The Trinamool Congress did seek our support in its fight against the CPI-M in Nandigram [ Images ].

But (Trinamool chief) Mamata Banerjee [ Images ] had only wanted to use Nandigram as a tool to win elections. That was her ulterior motive.

Ms Banerjee recently stated that your party is an offshoot of the Communist Party of India-Marxist.

As I told you, Mamata Banerjee used Nandigram as an election plank. She used it as a pawn for her party to win Lok Sabha seats.

She claims to be against special economic zones. Then why didn't she stand by us in our movement against the Jindal group's planned SEZ in Salboni area?

Also, her demand to the Tatas to free 400 acres of land lacked clarity. She should have demanded the entire 1,000 acres.

Therefore, we refuse to give any importance to what she says about us.

As we all know, West Bengal saw a huge political change in the recent Lok Sabha polls. The change occurred through a democratic process. Why don't you tread the same path to bring about the so-called transformation?

The Left Front government has been emerging winner in every election for the last three decades. What has it done for the state of West Bengal? What has it done for the tribals of Lalgarh? Nothing.

Which democracy are you talking about?

In a recent press conference, one of your colleagues, Bikash, said that the people of Lalgarh want West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee dead. The landmine blast that narrowly missed the chief minister's car last November was an attempt on his life. Would you like to comment on it?

On August 14, 2004, Dhananjoy Chatterjee, a rapist and a murderer, was hanged to death in Kolkata [ Images ].

The incident brought to an end Chatterjee's 14-year-long legal battle to escape the noose, as human rights groups held protests outside the Alipore Central Jail against the capital punishment.

Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and his wife Meera had then reasoned why a rapist and a murderer like Chatterjee should be hanged.

Bhattacharjee's government has killed hundreds of people, raped countless women during its tenure.

Therefore, may I ask why should he escape capital punishment?

You regret that your party missed its target in November?

Of course. Our party wanted to kill Bhattacharjee. It failed in its mission. We have every reason to regret. Think of the French Revolution, it was popular force that had brought down a corrupt monarchy. The kings and the queens were guillotined.

History tells us that at times, the crooked and the greedy need to be eliminated.

You are the publicist of your party. Your task is to convey the CPI (Maoist)'s messages to the people. Who are your colleagues who actually carry out these attacks?

The attacks that we plan are carried out by People's Guerilla Army. PGA members act clandestinely. They move in the dark of the night and launch surprise attacks on our enemies.

Once PGA members's skills reach the optimum level, their group is rechristened the People's Liberation Army and is considered empowered enough to take on the enemies head on.

Can the Lalgarh incident be compared to the Naxalite movement?

It will be improper to compare the two. The Naxalite movement had a different context. What is happening in Lalgarh is the tribals' way of resisting police atrocities.

It's their method of saying, 'Enough is enough'. Those involved with the Naxalite movement had a different motive altogether.

Your party has called a bandh in Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Chattisgarh on June 22 and 23. Could you clearly spell out your party's demands?

We want the entire Lalgarh to be a liberated zone for the tribals. We want them to have a democracy of their own, a democracy that will be guided by a new and free economy.

We have three-point demands: Central and state forces must be withdrawn from the entitre jangalmahal; the state government must officially apologise to the tribals for its torture and misbehaviour and it should immediately put an end to police atrocities.

Violence in Lalgarh will continue unless our demands are met.

Courtsey : Daily Pioneer, Rediffmail.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Maoists get arms from outside, obviously through Bengal-Bangladesh Border and North Bengal.

.Maoists get arms from outside: PC

PTI New Delhi

Maoists are acquiring weapons through Bangladesh, Myanmar and possibly Nepal, according to Home Minister P Chidambaram, who nonetheless has expressed Government's willingness for a dialogue with them provide they abjure violence.

Naxalism remains the biggest internal security threat to India, he said and hit out at intellectuals who still try to "romanticise" the naxalites.

In a wide-ranging interview to PTI on Saturday, Chidambaram said the Government is practical enough to understand that the Naxals would not not lay down arms.

He said said the West Bengal Government has "learnt a lesson very late" after the Lalgarh operation but he would not not comment much on the West Bengal Government's decision to secure the release of an abducted police official by not not opposing the bail application of about 20 pro-Maoist trials.

"In terms of the threat to security from Indian sources or internal sources, Naxalism remains the biggest threat. There is, of course, the other threat which is cross border terrorism but that is emanating from across the border," he said.

"There is no no evidence of any money flowing in from abroad to the Maoists. But there is certainly evidence of weapons being smuggled from abroad through Myanmar or Bangladesh which reaches the Maoists."

Asked whether some weapons are coming through Nepal, he said "it is possible".

To a question whether there is any Pakistan angle to it, Chidambaram said they were not not sure where the weapons are originating from.

"We know now that the weapons are coming through Bangladesh and Myanamr and possibly Nepal. The border is very porous. The Indo-Nepal border is a very porous border." He said police has not not found any weapons with Pakistani marking.

The Maoists had looted "our own armouries" and they had said that the objective of the attack on the Sankhrail police station in West Bengal was weapons and money.

"Even after this statement, if people romanticise the naxalities, all I can say that only God can help them," he said.

Asked if there are any groups from abroad backing the Maoists, the Minister said "I don't know. It is possible that they get some intellectual support. I hear voices of some human rights group from abroad which say that we have unleashed a war on the Maoists. That is the intellectual support I am referring to."

Asked if there is any evidence of external help to Maoists, Chidambaram said it may be at the level of intellectual or ideological level.

Queried about the Maoist leader Kishenji's statement that they would not not surrender arms and that forces should be withdrawn from the entire naxal-affected areas along with the release of the cadre and their supporters, he said "I am not not going to respond
to Kishenji."

Chidambaram said "he (Kishenji) is the leader of an organisation declared as unlawful. Therefore, as one representing the Government, I have no no intention of responding to him."

He said a few days ago when former Lok Sabha Speaker Rabi Ray and his friends issued a statement suggesting that violence should stop and talks should begin he felt it was his duty to write to him and state what the Government policy is.

"Let me state it in carefully chosen words that if any group abjures violence we are willing to talk to that group about any genuine grievances. This is what the Prime Minister has said, this is what I have said. We have not not asked them to anything more. We simply
say halt the violence and then we can talk," he said.

Asked if laying down arms is not not a condition, Chidambaram said he had not not used those words.

"Besides I am too practical to know they will not not lay down arms. They have to halt violence which means halt the wanton destruction of railway track, roads, telephone towers, school buildings, bridges, halt kidnapping and extortion.

"Violence must be stopped and then with the help of well-meaning people, we can find a way in which the State Governments primarily can talk to the groups in that State and the Central Government will afford any assistance it can to facilitate such talks," he said.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Maoists released kidnapped police officer to check the retaliation from Bengal Mind.

Atindranath Freed. Bengal never show down or bow down to Naxalites-Maoists.

As West Midnapore district Court has ordered the release on bail on 22/10/09 today around 10-30 am for fourteen tribal women and nine others after the government did not contest their bail petition, the maoist settings were full-proof to the stage of the release of kidnapped police official Atindranath Dutta in the after-noon.

Maoist leader Koteswar Rao alias Kishenji promised to release the police official but said the area where he is held hostage is encircled by a huge force of police and para-military and that was causing problems for the release. "They have to stop the operations and allow our fighters a safe passage after we release the police official," Kishenji said. The freed women hail from the troubled Maoist-dominated enclave of Lalgarh and those arrested general people are not connected with the Maoist activities so far.

The Maoists leaded by Kishenji came to the contact with the both of electronic and print media in the process of releasing abducted Officer-in-Charge of Sankrail Police Station of West Medinipur, Sri Atindranath Dutta since last night. As such Sri Dutta was also hopeful for his release from the grip of Tanibanized Maoist of Bengal who shot dead rampantly to his fellow Police Official on Tuesday last in a cool blood and snatched away 6 rifles, 4 revolvers, 1 9mm pistol, 2 motorcycles and Rs.9 lakhs from a nearby State Bank.

The situation reached a climax when Com. Kishenji freed the POW (Prisoner of War) at about 8.00 pm at Bhulageria Forest region a safe hide of the Jangalmahal Maoist in the presence of the Media Persons as Kishenji decided earlier to hand over the POW to the Media persons as the Bengal media embedded a good confidence in Koteswar Rao @ Kishenji,anyway. Kishen and his Maoist gang appeared with assault rifles in front of the media, showing thumbs to all the IPC and CrPC in that 'PWO Release Meet' i.e. 'Juddhabandi Mukti Sammelan'.

Kishen in his normal style tried to sensitized the media and his followers in his speech clarifying the Pro-People activities of the Maoists and the State Persecution upon the Jangalmahal people. This time Kishen condemned everybody, from Central Home Minister Chidembaram to State Chief Minister Budhhadev Bhattacharya; Sonia-Rahul Gandhi to Trinamul Leader Mamta Banerjee for their cruelty to support and promote anti-Maoist survillence in Jangal Mahal. In a very intelligent manner Kishen tried to repair the image of deadly Maoists to be a little generous by releasing OC Sankrail. But nobody in the media front had the carouge to question Koteswar Rao @ Kishen about the brutal killings of Late Dibakar Bhattacharya, Second Officer and Late Swapan Roy ASI of Sankrail PS. Kishen, his gunmen or any of his spokes-person in the disguise of intellectuals never feel any repentance for such cool blooded murder nor they convey any condolence and sympathy towards the bereaved family of Late Dibakar Bhattacharya and Late Swapan Roy.

Though a released and relaxed Atindra expressed his gratitude to the Maoists for extending all possible co-operation with him in the hostage, a concerned OC of Sankrail expressed more security for all the Police Station in Jangalmahal for not a repetition in the next. However Mr. Atindranath Dutta reported him in Jhargram police Station before his re-union with his anxietied & aged parents, his weeping wife and his two years daughter, once who will be able to know this strangling situation of 54 hours afterwards.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Maoism has come to mean murder

Red terror has come to haunt West Bengal with stunning perversity

Shikha Mukerjee/

It exhibits a perversion of mind to deceive desperately anxious families with reassurances after killing others in a ruthless and calculated act of terror. It takes monumental cynicism to declare that they are willing to talk and negotiate with the Government after boasting that the biggest ever operation, Venus, has been launched in an act of war against the State.

The Maoists have done just that. First there was the attack on the police station at Sankrail in West Midnapore, close to the Orissa and Jharkhand borders, in which two policemen were killed and one other abducted on Tuesday. That same evening, Maoist leader Kishenji alias Koteswar Rao, assured the family of the abducted man, Officer in-charge of the Sankrail police station, Atindranath Dutta, that he would be released on condition that the family succeeded in persuading the West Bengal Government to call off the joint security operations underway since June in Lalgarh in West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts of the State.
The pitiless exploitation of Dutta family’s fear by the Maoists is a measure of their ruthlessness. It would require extraordinary courage for the Dutta family to grasp that the promises made by Kishenji, could be deliberate falsehood.

Obviously the Maoists are persuasive. Equally obviously there are people willing to be persuaded. Even more obviously the Maoists and those who buy their line have common hate objects; in West Bengal it is the CPI(M). Therefore, the Maoists build bridges with people, organisations who serve their purpose. For the Maoists are ruthless — their purpose matters, not the means. If using Dutta’s family serves to relieve the pressure of an increasingly successful security operation against the Maoists, so be it.

If the Maoists wanted to parley for peace, then why did they attack the police station, loot a bank and declare that Operation Venus was a full-fledged war that would be pursued with military tactics and obviously the capacity to inflict death and damage on a war-like scale? After killing two colleagues of Dutta, presumably in an act of war, what credibility do the Maoists have when they assure Dutta’s family that he would be safe? For the desperately anxious family, the assurance of safety, if it could fulfil the conditions laid down by the Maoists, is a straw to clutch. After the Taliban style beheading of Sub-Inspector Francis Induwar in Jharkhand, can the Maoists be relied upon to keep their word?

For, the Maoists are being squeezed. West Bengal is just one front. Leaders of the CPI (Maoists) have been picked up from New Delhi, Jamshedpur and clearly the noose is tightening around them. The appeal to negotiate by the man named ‘Ganapati’ echoed by Kishenji and emphasised by the abduction of Dutta is an indication that the security operations have made it difficult for the Maoists to function.
However, negotiating peace with the Maoists is a risky proposition.For there is no space with commonly agreed boundaries, rules and values within which the Maoists and the State can jointly operate. Maoist politics is based on waging war against the State. Maoists reject the Constitution of India even though they declare themselves patriots. The Maoists do not accept and certainly do not respect the rules under which Government in the State and the Government of India function, because the democratic system through which Governments are elected is an unacceptable form of democracy.

Maoist justice is different from the institutionalised arrangements and the norms contained therein of justice within which the rest of India’s civilian population functions. Maoist justice can drag out and kill a school teacher in front of his class because he has identified as a “police informer.” A child can be burnt to death along with her mother because the father was a “CPI(M)” supporter. Maoist justice, according to the West Bengal police, has killed over 80 people in the past one year, most of the killings have taken place in the last six months.

Maoist justice can siphon out, according to the Union Ministry for Rural Development, an estimated Rs 10,000-15,000 crore from the National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme. The money has gone to feed a killing machine that has declared itself at war against the State for the exploitation of the poorest. According to the Maoists, they are liberators of the exploited from the clutches of bourgeois landlords, who collude with the capitalists to deprive “indigenous” and “forest” people of their ancient way of life.

For the Maoists, human rights are violated when their cadre are picked up by the police, when their activists are injured in police action, when “forest people” and the “tribals” are “exploited” by the bourgeois political and economic order of which the Governments are servants. Others, including the men, women and children, even students working with Jean Dreze in Jharkhand killed by the Maoists, exploited by them have no rights because they are not human enough. To be human and to have rights, the poor must owe allegiance to the Maoists otherwise they are collaborators of the bourgeois system.

Antagonists of the State and by default apologists for the Maoists, from actor Aparna Sen to the permanent voice of protest Mahashweta Devi, have decried police action against innocent tribals in Lalgarh. They along with the Union Minister for Railways have called for the withdrawal of security forces and the end of the joint operation in the forest areas of West Midnapore, Banukra and Purulia. They and Ms Mamata Banerjee have called for the ouster of the State Government, an end to the persecution of the Peoples Committee against Police Atrocities leader Chatradhar Mahato.

And now, even as the rest of India tensely waits for the outcome of the abduction of Dutta, the Minister for Railways has once again questioned the legitimacy of the security operation.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Never before in West Bengal. Maoist Killed Two Police Officers, Abducted the OC- Sankrail PS and Looted one Bank in a row. Deadly Maoists in Action

Maoists kill 2 cops, abduct Sankrail O-C

-Statesman News Service

SANKRAIL (West Midnapore)/KOLKATA, 20 OCT: Shifting the focus of the Maoist menace to a hitherto considered safer zone, armed Maoists killed two policemen and abducted the O-C of Sankrail police station under Jhargram sub-division in West Midnapore this afternoon.
In a daring daylight raid, the Maoists shot dead the police station’s second officer, Dibakar Bhattacharya and an assistant sub-inspector, Swapan Roy, before abducting the OC, Mr Atindra Nath Dutta. The O-C’s family pleaded to all concerned for his release.
The Left ultras looted at least six rifles, four revolvers, one 9 mm pistol, some ammunition and two motorcycles from the police station and looted cash from an adjoining SBI branch.
The incident occurred at a time when the DGP is in Midnapore town, supervising police operations against the Maoists in Junglemahal. Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee convened a meeting at Writers’ Buildings and a police force has left for the spot.
Terming the incident as unfortunate, chief secretary Mr AM Chakrabarti said: “Our primary objective is to rescue the abducted police officer and arrest the culprits of this attack. The DGP himself is supervising operations there. The area is not known as a typically Maoist stronghold, but it is close to both the Jharkhand and Orissa border.”
According to police, a 22-25 member Maoist squad including women members of the Peoples Liberation Guerrilla Army from Orissa sneaked into Sankrail around 1.30 p.m. on two-wheelers. They split into three groups and raided the PS, the OC’s residential quarter and the Kesiapata branch of SBI.
They dragged the OC out from his quarter at gunpoint while another group damaged the radio transmission system of the police station and shot the second officer Dibakar Bhattacharjee and ASI (II) Swapan Roy who tried to hide under the table. Another group looted around Rs 10 lakh from the bank, located near the police station by firing at the bank’s cashier, who was unhurt.
Before fleeing, the Maoists planted land mines at Kesiapata and Guptamoni and Balibhasa on NH 6, the entry points to Sankrail. Later, owning up to the attack, CPI (Maoist) politburo member Kishanji said the abducted policeman would be released only if the government withdraws joint forces and releases Chhatradhar Mahato.
“We are appealing to the family members of the abducted police officer to launch an agitation in front of Writers’ Buildings. A timber-laden truck was torched by People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities activists on Ramgarh-Goaltore Road in Kadasole forest this evening. The chief secretary said those who are vocal against alleged police atrocities in tribal areas have to think whether they will stay mute after the attacks on policemen by Maoists.

Rebels kill cops in police station, kidnap OC and loot bank

Red Terror strengthening grip over state? Authorities in a fix read more.......

Courtsey: Bartaman, The Statesman, Telegraph Kolkata.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Communist in Disguise. Devout Muslim in Principal and Practice. Just to launch an Islamic Communist Party of India ??


An artistic appreciation of Com. Razzak Mollah.

Indispensible Communist Minister in West Bengal waiting for a scope of journey to Haz.

Yes, this is Md.Abdur Razzak Mollah MIC, Land and Land Reforms, Govt of West Bengal, the senior most CPIM Minister, just placed after the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Budhhadev Bhattacharya,as per Official site of the State, stated his belief of Islam unequivocally to media persons just published in the last week.

Whether the Communists are pro-muslims or the Muslims find the natural ally in the Communism - that may be a topic of further research but the Muslim Communists in Bengal are more pragmatic and fundamentalist than anybody.

Some years back in the event of Celebration of Bandemataram, another Marxist Minister Md. Kalimuddin Shams denied to utter Bandemataram as it contradicts with his religious belief and stated,"I am a Muslim first,then Indian or Communist. Islam is my first choice".

In the same way of thinking, Md.Abdur Razzak Mollah is now boosting his Muslim brethren to be more religious as him and to exploit communism just to grab the power of Bengal to establish a Muslim Bengal here.

In a report published in Dainik Statesman on 9th Oct, Razzak Mollah expressed his profound belief in Islam and as per his opinion, there is no contradiction of religion and communism at all. Hence, the conviction of " Religion is the opium to the mankind" does not bear any meaning to Mollah anyway.

Mollah said that he is an ardent follower of Quran and participate in Id-uz-Zuha and Id-ul-Fitar. And must believe in Kalem Sahadat and he offers Namaz for his purification, perhaps for the redemption from the filthy atmoshpher of Hindu Kaffirs attached in the Communist Party of India.

Interesting enough, his active participation in Communism since 1967 could not change him as a atheist like other Hindu Communist Kaffirs. And he is finding a scope to go to Haz after accumulation of proper financial strength.

This true picturisation of Razzak cannot make any retaliation in the CPIM Party as it happened in the case of a Puja in Tara Peeth by Late Subhas Chakroborty another veteran Hindu Communist Leader of Bengal.

Actually the land slide decline of party strength of the Communists in Muslim Community in West Bengal after the last Panchayet election fixed the CPIM in a dilemma. A section in the party wants to oppose Smt. Mamta Banerjee, the Trinamool (TMC) Supremo and the Central Railway minister for her unbound and record breaking Muslim Appeasement in every respect. But another section in the CPIM holds the way of Razzak in the convectional appeasement of Muslims in a contesting attitude.

Muslims in Bengal know this reality and Razzak Mollah also. So Razzak now shows his unhidden loyalty to Islam out of the helpful situation without any obstacle so far.Rather Razzak wants to regiment Islamic force behind him to be the Chief Minister of West Bengal. Some days ago this Razzak surfaced the so called discrimination of Muslims in job and social participation and his chance to join TMC if the Muslims get sufficient jobs in Railway Department.

The Congress, Communist or TMC are not the factors in Politics for the Muslims. It is their Poly Tricks of Islamic Solidarity to grab the power with in all the parties and in all parts. Razzak Mollah proved it and Inshallah, He shall prove it again.

posted by : Sambuddhha Gupta / Spotlight Media Team

Friday, October 9, 2009

Two crore illegal Bangla migrants, 600 deported last year: states report. Highest Illegal migrants are in West Bengal. Most of them are Muslims.


20 million illegal Bangladesh migrants form 2 per cent of India’s population

Two crore illegal Bangladeshi migrants are now staying in India. 600 deported last year as states reports say public. 80% of them are Bangladeshi Muslims. They came as daily labour, beggars, drug peddlers, prostitutes, pilferer, patient for treatment or for a silly cause to stay here: investigators report.

Estimates sent by the state governments have given an official number to what has been known informally for a very long time — that illegal migrants from Bangladesh now comprise at least two per cent of India’s population.

According to “very conservative estimates” of the state governments, the total number of Bangladeshi citizens residing in India without proper documents or permits would be in excess of 2 crore, government sources have told The Sunday Express.

The state governments had been asked to send estimates of the number of Bangladeshi migrants living in their states and also the number of such people who had been deported back to their country. Most states have now responded.

According to these figures, not more than 600 Bangladeshi migrants had been deported to their country in the last one year and the possibility of many of them finding their way back is not being ruled out.

Migrants from Bangladesh now live in every part of the country. Besides West Bengal, Bihar, Assam and other North-Eastern states — the known places where these illegal migrants have been able to settle down — Maharashtra, Delhi, Haryana, western Uttar Pradesh, and Karnataka are new regions having large concentrations of Bangladeshi citizens. Sources said these were also areas witnessing rapid urbanization and development, and therefore, offering job opportunities to these migrants.

Though it had asked for the data from the states, the Centre was still undecided on what use to put this data to.

“This was mostly an academic exercise, not aimed at any particular objective. The figures that have come out are only estimates, but they are reliable estimates,” a senior government official said. He said as of now there was no clarity on how to deal with this migrant population.

“That is something that the political leadership will have to take a call on, probably after obtaining a consensus on the issue. Migration from Bangladesh has huge social and economic aspects apart from having security implications. There is no easy way to tackle this issue,” he said.

An investigation reveled that these illegally migrant Muslims are generally take refuge to their Muslim relations in India residing in Metropolis slums or Muslim majority areas. Most of the political parties use them as block vote bank. Even they are provided with voter cards and ration cards in India.
It is estimated that 39% illegal Bangladeshi Muslim migrants are staying in West Bengal, while 25% of them are in Assam & North Eastern region, 20% of them are in Maharashtra, Delhi % Uttar Pradesh and the 14% are in the rest of India. The situation is alarming as now perceived by the Centre and the States as well !!
Some years back the the illegal muslim migrants from Bangladesh (in lungis and fez) took out an procession in Kolkata streets and marched upto Calctta Press Club demandin their citizenship rights in India.
posted by : Sambuddhha Gupta

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Beware of these Double Faced Intellectuals. They can say anything, can do anything to save the situation for the Maoists.

Pro People or For the Violence :: Indentity Questioned.

We are the friends of Maoists , not the thousands of farmers, lobours, civilians and dutiful police officers slained or blasted on mines by the Maoists.........

I am unaware of Chhatradhar's Maoist identity : Mahasweta Devi

Kolkata, 6 October, 2009 : As the West Bengal government insists that arrested PCPA(People's Committe against Police Atrocities) leader Chhatradhar Mahato has links with Maoists, Magsaysay awardee writer Mahasweta Devi said on Tuesday that she was not aware of his Maoist connections.
"I am unaware whether Chhatradhar is a Maoist. Once, he came to my house with a group of women and crew of a TV channel. When I was told that the women were Maoists, I drove away all of them, including Chhatradhar," she said. Mahasweta said she had, however, met Mahato several times and "in all the meetings, I asked him to campaign against SEZs, or to demand ration cards for the poor."
On Monday, the writer had said Bengal Newz, the intellectuals would organise a rally in the city in support of Mahato.

Yesterday, asked whether intellectuals like Mahasweta Devi would be arrested for their reported links with Mahato, state Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen had evaded a direct reply, saying if evidence was found of anyone's association with Mahato, he or she would be questioned.

‘NGOs brought foreign money to fuel Lalgarh standoff '

Express News Service
Posted: Oct 05, 2009 at 0439 hrs IST

Kolkata In the course of investigations against People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) leader Chhatradhar Mahato, the police have learnt that the PCAPA received regular funding from three foreign countries, which were channelised through various NGOs.
“The state government has sent a report to the Union Home Ministry stating that the PCAPA received huge amounts of money from foreign countries through several NGOs,” said a senior CID official.
According to investigators, Mahato never faced a crunch in funds to sponsor his activities in the Junglemahal area.
“We have received some clues suggesting the PCAPA received funds from foreign countries. Our investigation is on,” said Raj Kanojia, additional director-general, CID.
Director General of Police Bhupinder Singh also conceded: “Mahato bought an ambassador worth Rs 1.45 lakh. He used to spend a few lakhs in all his meetings in a bid to woo the tribals. We have learnt of some other facts too, but they cannot be made public at this stage of investigations.”
Adding that all arrested leaders of the Maoist action squad will be brought to Bhawani Bhaban for interrogation, the CID official said: “We have interrogated both Mahato and PCAPA treasurer Sukhshanti Baskey and have extracted a lot of information pertaining to the PCAPA funds. There are, however, several discrepancies.”
The police today showed Mahato photographs of several political leaders and activists of the state. He recognised them all, except the Maoist leaders and activists, it is learnt.
Baskey was, meanwhile, sent to police custody for eight days after being produced in court. “We are interrogating him to check the details of funds inflow,” said Anuj Sharma, special, DIG, CID.
CID sources also claimed that a team of 22 students from the city, including a few students of Jadavpur University, visited Lalgarh on a regular basis and provided funds to the PCAPA.
“We are preparing a list of the students. We have also learnt of a few professors being involved with the PCAPA,” said the CID official.
We support Mahato, not Maoists: intellectuals
“Let them come to my house and arrest me. I challenge Buddhadeb and his police. I have done no wrong and if these Fascists do not understand this, it is their problem,” said Mahasweta Devi, noted novelist and Gyanpith Award winner, in response to chief secretary Asok Mohan Chakrabarti warning that action would be taken against all those who had supported PCAPA leader Chattradhar Mahato.
Clarifying that the intellectuals never supported Maoists, she said: “They are murderers. But, we supported Chattradhar because he was spearheading a movement against police atrocities on tribals. We don’t know whether he has any connection with Maoists. That is for the police to see. Our battle for the rights of the people of Junglemahal will continue.” Actor and playwright Kaushik Sen voiced similar sentiments. “We are against Maoists. And we told Mahato that if he had any truck with them, he should break all ties. If Mahato did anything wrong, let law take its own course,” Sen said. Human Rights activist Sujata Bhadra argued that according to law, the government could not do any harm to them. “The UAPA was promulgated in July. Before that the Maoists were not banned. So if you had any connection with them before July, say collecting money for them you were not at fault. Buddhadeb babu is doing all these things because he wants to stifle the people’s movement,” Bhadra told The Indian Express.

Some NGOs under the scanner :

•Paschim Banga Khet Majur Samity: This NGO held up bus loads of engineers and staff working at the Nano site on August 28 and it was after their threats of intimidation that Tatas decided to stop sending staff to the plant. It’s headed by Anuradha Talwar, 49, a graduate of Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Her husband Swapan Ganguly is secretary of the organisation.
Talwar and Ganguly established an NGO Gana Samhati Kendra in 1984 in Badu, North 24 Parganas. Talwar says that with funding from the Ford Foundation, they ran a project on healthcare and sanitation in villages. In 1987, they established the Khet Majur Samity, a trade union body, which they claim has no political affiliation.
The Samity monitored NREG progress in the state and exposed failures in its implementation. Today, the NGO runs an 11-acre “collective farm” and claims it is funded by collections from locals and donations. Eight acres are used for farming — which Talwar says sustains the residents — and three acres is for homestead. An estimated 115 locals live here, eating out of a mass kitchen that runs throughout the year.
“Industry is more powerful than agriculture,” says Talwar. “So agriculture and industry cannot sustain simultaneously. Industry always destroys agriculture. Industrial pollution will engulf agricultural land. So we are fighting to save agriculture from the Tata Motors plant in Singur.”
•National Alliance of Peoples Movement: Medha Patkar’s group has made repeated trips to Singur and Nandigram attacking farmland acquisition for industry. Initially, Patkar had her own programme but during the current phase of the agitation, she now shares the stage with Mamata and works in tandem with Talwar’s NGO. After Narmada, the NAPM has identified imperialism and globalisation as its enemies.
•Samhati Udyog: An alliance of no less than 10 organizations, including the Association for the Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR), NAPM, Khet Mazdoor Samiti, Mazdoor Kranti Parishad, Nari Atyachar Virodhi Manch, Ganapratirodh Mancha and the Bandi Mukti Committee. It was its secretary Samar Das, a former Naxalite, who began the first “survey” in Singur in June 2006 on the status of landlosers. His survey forms the basis of Mamata’s arguments but she fell out with him after the state government called him for direct talks. “Even if Mamata Banerjee opts out of the agitation, we will continue it,” he says. Samhati Udyog was also involved in Nandigram and claims to be working on rights of sharecroppers, minimum wage and distribution of pattas.
When asked about his sources of funding, Das declined to comment.
•Group For Rural Alternative Movement: Barely a year old, its secretary Mintu Dey says that all members are “Naxal-minded persons” from around Jadavpur University. The NGO was formed specifically to organise and support the farmers’ agitation in Singur.”There is no question of a compromise regarding Singur. If Tatas leave, so be it,” said Mintu Dey. Asked about his group’s funding, he said: “We get money from well-wishers and small collections from sympathizers.”
•Jana Sangharsha Samity: Set up during 1975 as part of Jayaprakash Narayan’s Nav Nirman movement, its single-point agenda today: socialism. Secretary Himanshu Mukherjee admits that the group has no “definitive” sphere of work. “We believe in socialism. Tatas should go back. That is the solution to all the problems in Singur. The control of these organisations are under the Maoists outfit for the benefit of social engineering as beleived by the experts.

Maoist Violence in Lalgarh, West Bengal, Must be Condemned

Posted by: Aditya Nigam June 17, 2009

The inevitable has happened. As soon as the election results came out and the wall of fear collapsed and mass anger against the ruling CPM became evident, the Maoists waiting in the wings have come out into the open. However, what is happening today in Lalgarh and other parts of West Bengal cannot be justified by pointing at the CPM’s totalitarian terror in the Bengal countryside.
According to reports, the violence, killings of CPM activists and members, especially in Lalgarh, has now acquired unprecedented proportions. CPM members are being driven out of their homes or killed. The offices of the party have been targeted on a large scale, not just in Lalgarh but elsewhere in West Bengal.
At Kafila, we had earlier, on 22 April, reported on what is going on in Lalgarh. That Maoists have been active in Lalgarh is well known. In this report filed after a visit to Lalgarh, Monobina Gupta had drawn attention towards the disjunction between the Maoist leadership’s designs and the local Maoist activists who were having to work along with the popular sentiment. Monobina’s report , went further:
In fact, curiously enough, the situation on ground zero is not going exactly in accordance with the plans of Maoist central leaders who favour stepping up violence. Insiders talk about a growing discordance between the central leadership and the ‘Maoist villager’, active in the movement. With the agitation forging ahead, Maoist central leaders want to have a firmer grip; they want landmines, killings, terror, systematic targeting of informers. But the grassroots ‘Maoist’ worker is unwilling. “They realize any such violent action will lead to their isolation and the death of the movement. But Maoist central leaders believe they made the movement and should have the right to control it,” said an insider. “One of the reasons villagers are sympathetic to Maoists is because they know them intimately, not as some distant commander, but the youth next door who works for and with the poor. But violence would find little endorsement,” he said.
Today, in the aftermath of the elections, the design of the Maoist central leadership seems to have won the day. Maoist cadre are out in the open. Activists associated with the movement and with the Lalgarh Sanhati Mancha, confess to a feeling of helplessness as the armed Maoist cadre threaten to take over and derail the movement that has so far afforded little space to its politics of violence.
In some of our earlier posts, we had condemned Maoist violence in Chattisgarh, especially its threats against the human shields programme of the Vanvasi Chetna Ashram and the wanton killings by them in Nayagarh in Orissa (22 February 2008). The latter was a statement issued by eleven intellectuals and activists who had also been raising their voice against the Nandigram violence. This statement expressed its “complete opposition to this cult of violence” and had warned that:
The Maoist atrocity in Nayagarh is particularly unfortunate as it is detrimental to the various democratic mass movements all over Orissa that are resisting the policies of land grab and diversion of natural resources to global and domestic corporations. The Orissa government is bound to use this incident as yet another excuse to crack down on the militant but non-violent struggles of the people against unjust development policies in the state.
Today, once again, in West Bengal this is the threat that the democratic mass movement faces. Maoist violence is once again set to eliminate every intermediate space of democratic protest and struggle, leaving the villagers with only two options: either line up with the state or follow the Maoists. This is the picture everywhere, wherever the Maoists are in command, from Chattisgarh to parts of Andhra and Orissa. That is the challenge before democratic struggles and public opinion today.

Maoists are nothing but Talibans. The Bengal connection with the slain of Jharkhand Police Inspector.

Maoists behead Jharkhand police inspector like Talibans.

Ranchi, Oct 6, 2009 ( Source :PTI)

This time Jharkhand Police Inspector Francis Induwar ( Photo of Late Francis and his bereaved wife in the right post )was beheaded by Maoists, who had kidnapped him nearly a week back demanding release of their three arrested leaders Kobad Ghandy, Chatradhar Mahato and Chandrasekhar Yadav alias Chandrabhusan in exchange for the officer. This beheadment of J’khand Police Ispector working in the IB section, leveled the Maoist as ‘Talibans of India’ by the nature of murder they adopted from them.

Again this style of beheading a police cop as a part of freeing their Top and beloved Commanders behind the bar proved the solidarity of Maoist Movement in India in the attached states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Orrisa, West Bengal and Telengana Region. When Kobad G is a popular leader in Telengana and Bihar, Chandrabhusan holds his area of action in Bihar and Jharkhand. Chatradhar Mahato is now treated as Maoist celebrity in West Bengal to the Bengal Intellectuals. Chatradhar has a good connection with his Comrades in Bihar and Orrissa as revealed by the Bengal Police very recently.

However Mr P Chidambaram, Central Home Minister condemned the slain of Francis Induwar vehemently while the state concerned vowed not to spare the killers of Induwar. Jharkhand DIG Rajkumar Mallick described the incident as a most heinious work of Maoists and they acted as nothing but a coward.

"He has been beheaded.  The  body  along with the  head  was  recovered  near  Raisha Ghati under Namkom Police station today, about 12 km from Ranchi," Superintendent of Police (Rural) Hemmant Toppo said.

A poster was seen pasted on a tree saying the body was that of the police officer.

Induwar, who was an inspector with the state Special Branch, had been kidnapped on September 30 by the Maoists from Hembrom Bazaar in Khunti district, about 70 km from here.

The Maoist's South Chhotanagpur Committee secretary, Samarji, had on Saturday called a local newspaper and said the Inspector would be released only after the police set free Ghandy, Chhatradhar Mahato and Chandra Bhusan Yadav.

The police were engaged in intensive combing operation ever since the inspector's abduction.

Ranchi Superintendent of Police, Praveen Kumar said, "The act was perpetrated out of sheer frustration following the arrest of several Maoists, including their central leaders."

Asked whether the police had received any call from the Maoists to release their comrades in exchange for Induwar, the SSP said, no such call was made to the local newspaper."We have not received any communication whatsoever from them (Maoists)."

While Ghandy was arrested on September 21, Chhatradhar Mahato was caught by Bengal CID sleuths posing as scribes on September 26 at Lalgarh in West Bengal.

Bhushan Yadav, also arrested by the Bengal police on October 2, has since been handed over to Jharkhand police.

The arrests have given the police a chance to unearth the Maoist network in the country, said a senior police officer. The body of the inspector has been sent for post mortem.

Four persons arrested for links with Maoists in West Bengal

Times of India reports that a day after two persons were arrested from capital Kolkata, Vivekananda Kumar, a former leader of the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and now with the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist)-backed People's Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA), was arrested from Arsha in Purulia on October 6, 2009 for links with the Maoists. Besides, Police also sealed a press in Manicktala for publishing PCPA posters and leaflets and arrested its owner Sadananda Singh. Two members of human rights organization Bandi Mukti Committee, Ramesh Das and Bhanu Sarkar, were also detained. Swapan Dasgupta, the editor of magazine People's March, was also detained in the same evening.