After chief minister Mamata Banerjee claimed that the Maoists, together with the Opposition and a section of the media, were trying to kill her, two posters, issued in the name of the CPI (Maoist) and threatening Trinamool Congress leaders, were found in Jhargram town on Thursday.
Following the discovery of the posters, there was tension in Subhaspally area of the town. Later, the police removed them. Even a couple of years ago, such posters would be found quite often in Jhargram as well as Jangalmahal but with the Maoists on the back foot for sometime now, the posters once again sparked tension. Also, the timing of the discovery-ahead of next month’s panchayat polls-is a matter of concern.
Trinamool leaders have been threatened and there are references to an increased Maoist presence in Jhargram town. “The leaders and workers of the ruling party should be on alert as we are now in Jhargram town,” says one poster written in red on white paper. The other, also handwritten, says, “The Trinamool leaders who are involved in killing an eighty-year-old woman of Benageria by setting her on fire should be punished in a kangaroo court.” At the bottom of both the posters, the word CPI(Maoist) was written.
The police, however, do not hold the Maoists responsible. “We believe that these posters were not put up by the Maoists but some other group. We are investigating the matter,” said Bharati Ghosh, the superintendent of police, Jhargram.
But the Trinamool leadership claimed that the CPI(M) was behind the discovery of posters. “The posters were put up by the CPI(M) which wanted to create panic in the area,” said western region development minister and TMC leader from Jhargram Sukumar Hansda.