Maoist backers in Lalgarh of West Midnapore district have taken a leaf out of the book of Kashmir agitators by taking to stone throwing at the security forces as a form of protest.
The People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA), a Maoist-backed outfit, announced this on Monday.
“The people of Kashmir have shown great bravery and mental strength in combating the security forces by just throwing stones at them. The people here are inspired by their courage and we’ll follow this model of protest in the coming days,” Asit Mahato, spokesperson of the PCAPA, told Hindustan Times.
Mahato said organisation members already had a bout of stone-throwing in West Midnapore, 160 km west of Kolkata, on Friday.
“The people of Buripalan village under the Goaltore police station tried to prevent the advancing armed CPI(M) men and the combined forces by throwing stones. An elderly women died when the forces fired at the locals,” Mahato said.
The ultras are active in three districts of West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura.
Superintendent of Police (West Midnapore) Manoj Varma said: “They have tried to attack the security forces in every possible way. If the forces come under attack in this manner, we'll have to take appropriate action.”
In the West Bank in West Asia, protestors used to throw stones at the Israeli forces in the 1980s and 1990s.
Mahato carries an award of R 2 lakh on his head for his alleged involvement in a train accident that killed 148 people in May.