The CPI(M)is filling up the party posts of its absconding leaders in Lalgarh in West Midnapore, a region that gave signals from June 2009 that the Left Front would go out of power.
All the leaders of this region occupying senior posts in the party hierarchy are being charge sheeted and have fled the place since the carnage near Lalgarh took place in a place called Netai, where nine unarmed villagers were shot dead by CPI(M)-patronised miscreants on January 7.
“We will have to start political activity in the area soon. It was not possible in the absence of leadership. Therefore, we have to replace those absconding leaders. We have plans to hold a rally at Midnapore town in the last week of November. The party in this district will turn around and resume political movements in an organised manner from that rally,” a district secretariat member of the CPI(M) in West Midnapore told Hindustan Times.
The party for the first time has chosen a tribal, Arjun Mandi, for the post of Lalgarh local committee secretary. Mandi was earlier a local committee member in Lalgarh and has replaced Joydev Giri, who has been charge sheeted in the Netai case and has been absconding along with seven others since January.
Sushanta Kundu, a retired headmaster of a high school, has been appointed zonal secretary of the Binpur zone. Kundu has replaced Anuj Pandey, whose house was pulled down by Maoists in June 2009.
The area covered by the Lalgarh local committee comprises about 80,000 residents, of whom 50% are tribal. And Maoists, especially since November 2008, have been articulating the outrage of the tribals on many matters including police atrocities.