Posters claiming to be issued by Maoists in the Jangalmahal region of West Bengal call for a Bazaar Bandh or market strike for seven days. This morning, several posters carrying names of Maoists were seen at Pirakata Bazaar in Shalbani, West Midnapore.
The posters accuse the Trinamool Congress head, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, and deputy chief of Pirakata gram panchayat of corruption and threaten to close the Pirakata market for a week. Panic spread in the area, with the surfacing of these posters seen at several places in Sarenga and Raipur of Bankura, Jhargram and Chandrakona yesterday.
Officials in the state administration are wondering if Maoists have reared their heads in Jangalmahal again even as the local panchayats and municipalities have not yet pulled down the posters.
Some posters recovered from Pirakata Bazaar at 7 AM this morning call for exacting revenge on the ‘killers’ of dreaded Maoist Kishenji (Mallojula Koteswara Rao), Politburo and Central Military Commission member of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), a militant organisation banned in the country. Kishenji was killed on 24 November 2011 in an operation by Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA), assisted by over 1,000 members of the Central Reserve Police Force.
The ‘newborn’ Maoists have threatened local Trinamool Congress leaders too. Cops at the Shalbani police station have already started an investigation into the incident.
Today a ‘Maoist’ poster was found in Chandrakona that mentioned the names of the panchayat samiti president, the Trinamool block president and some activists of the ruling party in the area. The poster in black ink said that the Trinamool Congress leaders of Chandrakona must “return people’s money”. A part of the poster read: “Long live Maoist unity. Kishenji amar rahe (Long live Kishenji).”
In Bankura, Maoists had pasted the town’s walls with posters in the Khairbani village under the Raipur police station’s jurisdiction last afternoon. It read: “This outpost will be attacked.” However, the police did not take these posters seriously.
Posters claiming to be from Maoists were seen in the Sarenga area of Bankura in the morning. These were written in red ink on white paper. One of them read, “We want revenge for the death of our leader Kishenji. We are telling the corrupt employees of the present government, ‘Your time is up.’ We will now play a game with the TMC leaders. “