Nisith and Sishir Hembram, students of a local college, were reportedly involved in Monday’s Maoist attack on the Eastern Frontier Rifles camp that resulted in the death of 25 people.
The West Bengal Police’s Criminal Investigation Department has drawn up a list of 15 guerillas of the Lalgarh area in West Midnapore, about 180 km west of Kolkata, for allegedly carrying out the attack.
The list includes a woman, Raimoni Soren, who had also allegedly taken part in the Silda attack.
“They (the Hembrams) are brothers and are undergraduate students,” claimed a CID official on condition of anonymity. He said one of their classmates had identified them at the spot. The brothers came from Orma, about 25 km away from Silda.
In October 2009, another teenager, Saonta, reportedly took part in the attack on a police station at Sankrail, also in West Midnapore district, and abduction of station chief Atindranath Datta.
The investigators also found the absence of a high boundary wall to be one of the reasons of the Silda camp’s vulnerability. Silda had a three feet-high wall, instead of the required height of 10 feet.
CID officials think some of the local people, who received arms training in Lalgarh where the police could not enter for eight months since November 2009, helped the Maoists mobilise the attackers.