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Red alert in W Bengal in view of bandh by Maoists

Red alert has been sounded in the border areas of West Bengal in view of a 24-hour bandh called by CPI(Maoists).

india Updated: Jan 15, 2006 22:42 IST

Red alert has been sounded in the border areas of West Bengal and Jharkhand and police patrolling intensified in the three South Bengal districts of Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapur in view of a 24-hour bandh called by CPI(Maoists) from 6 am on Monday.

The bandh has been called to protest the death of 12 tribals in police firing in Orissa's Kalinganagar on January 2. The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha has also extended support to the bandh.

Alert has been specially been sounded in Jhalda, Bandwan, Jaipur and Barabazar areas of Purulia while security measures have been tightened in and around the district, Rangaswami Siva Kumar, Superintendent of Police, Purulia said.

In West Midnapur, police patrolling was intensified in Belpahari, Jamboni, Lalgarh, Goaltor, Garbeta, Nayagram and Gopiballbhpur police station areas, Superintendent of Police Ajay Nanda said.

Para-military personnel were combing the forests of Belpahari and Lalgarh of the district where two CPI(M) youth wing leaders were killed last Friday.

Special measures were also taken mainly in four police stations areas of Ranibandh, Raipur, Simlapal and Khatra in south Bankura, Superintendent of Police Rajiv Sinha said.

Sophisticated arms and equipment were provided to the policemen.

Meanwhile, private buses would not ply on Monday due to the bandh in South Bankura where there is no rail link.

Ajit Prosad Mahato, president of West Bengal state JMM committee informed that the CPI(M) was engaged in infighting resulting in the death of its leader Ravindranath Kar and his wife on December 30 in Purulia and challenged the Left Front committee chairman Biman Bose to prove his allegation that the JMM had links with the Maoists.

First Published: Jan 15, 2006 22:42 IST