After the recent murder of a Trinamool Congress worker in Purulia, the Mamata Banerjee government has given the green signal for assault on Maoists in Jangalmahal.
Jitu Mahato was killed last week, following which the chief minister's office (CMO) issued the order to for an all-out assault. Senior officers have been told to target senior leaders and the chief minister has sought immediate results, said an official.
The assault would be based on the Andhra model of anti-Naxal operations and would be held in collaboration with the Jharkhand police.
"We are under pressure to show results," said a senior police officer of West Midnapore. "We have specific instructions to flush out Maoists from our borders and catch senior Maoist leaders like Akash, Bikash, Jayanto. We are also tracking Koteshwar Rao alias Kishenji, who recently used to frequent Bengal."
Before winning the elections, the Trinamool Congress had criticised the action against Maoists in Jangalmahal and had campaigned for the removal of Central forces from the area. After coming to power, the Trinamool-led government had pressed for talks with Maoists. But now, the government has apparently accepted that talks are making no headway, though officially, the team of interlocutors led by Sujata Bhadra have not been asked stop their work.
The process of recruiting fresh IPS officers in the Maoist-hit West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia has started.
Police sources said an IPS officer would be posted at each sensitive police station in the Maoist belt. The CMO has allocated land for permanent bases of central forces in Jangalmahal and requested for the recall of the CoBRA commandos sent to Jharkhand after the anti-Maoist operations were stalled in West Bengal.