Total Administrative failure!

Yesterday(Feb.25) an inspector-in-charge of a police station killed in Maoist gunfire.February 15 attack on Eastern Frontier Rifles camp at Maoists infested in West Midnapore district of West Bengal put the Bengal government in dilemma.At least 25 ERF personnel were killed and several others injured when armed CPI-Maoist cadres attacked a ERF camp at Silda.Maoist claimed responsibility.

Sakrail Officer-in-charge surrounded by armed Maoist cadres.Pic courtesy:The Hindu

After spending 50 hours as ‘prisoners of war’ , the abducted police officer Atindranath Dutta returned home on October 22,2009,after West Bengal government agreed to release 14 women earlier arrested by the Police.This ends the 50 hour long hostage drama. In the forests of Domohini in Lalgarh, Maoists handed over Dutta to media persons.In exchange 14 elderly tribal women, suspected to be Maoists, were released on conditional bail by a Midnapore court.
The officer in charge of a police station Dutta was abducted by armed Maoist cadres on Sept.20 afternoon.Maoists also looted weapons from the police station.They killed two police personnel and also looted a nearby bank.The OC belongs to the Sankrail police station in West Midnapore ,one of the three Maoists infested districts of West Bengal.

Earlier in West Bengal, two Police constables, Siteshwar Prasad and Shishir Kanti Nag, who were abducted on September 26 by Maoists demanding the release of Chttradhar Mahato, were set free late in the night of Sept.26 at Jamtalghera in West Midnapore district.A leader of Maoists backed organisation PCPA,Chhtradhar was arrested by Policemen who posed as journalists on Sept.26.
On July 30,the Maoists abducted two Policemen, Sabbir Molla and Kanchan Bauri, Assistant Sub-inspectors of the State Armed Police.They were part of the team who were part of the joint forces engaged in anti-Maoists operations in Lalgarh.They are not yet released by the Maoists.On June 18, Bengal government launched a counter-offensive against the Maoists or Naxals.Central security forces and a unit of Commando Battalions for Resolute Action (COBRA) led by Bengal police started counter offensive.On June 19,The Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram asked West Bengal to ban the Maoists.On June 23,the spokesperson for the Maoists in West Bengal, Gaur Chakraborty, was arrested by the Calcutta police.Counter offensive is going on in Maoists infested Lalgarh and surrounding areas without much success.
On September 30,six Maoists cadres abducted Police Inspector (Special Branch) Francis Induwar, posted in the Khunti District of Jharkhand,neighbouring state of Bengal .Later Maoists claimed that they carried out the beheading of Police Inspector. On Oct. 6,the Jharkhand Police found the beheaded dead body of the abducted Police Inspector Francis Enduwar.
According to Home ministry,total affected districts in India are 195, affected states 16,highly affected districts 58,less affected districts 54.Highly affected states Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.India’s Home Minister P Chidambaram has made it clear that security forces would engage Maoists groups.The Indian Air Force (IAF) in the operations against Naxals or Maoists hideouts in the states of Chattisagarh, Jharkhand also not ruled out.They will be assisted the Border Security Force ,Central Reserve Police Force,Indo-Tibetan Border Police and the state police forces.


About shanthanubh

A calcutta(India)based Independent newsresearcher and Investigative reporter.He has been working as a journalist for more than 15 years.He had worked as a news researcher for various news based programs in Calcutta.Shanthanu considers Deborah Potter and Theressha Collington Moore as his mentor because in his early days of journalism carrier, he was inspired and motivited by their works and learnt a lot from them about media ethics and news research.Though,a news researcher don't get enough credit for his job,he sticks to it.He believes that as journalists we should follow the jounalism mantra that if your mother says she loves you, check it out.we work as a store clerk.we believe that facts are more important than adjectives.Earlier,he also worked as a private investigator to brush up his skill as an Investigative Reporter.

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