Filed under: Indian Subcontinent | Tags: Adivasi, Bihar, Binpur, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, Central Reserve Police Force, Chhattisgarh, Cobra Force, CPI (M), CPI-Maoist, India, Indian Home Minister, Indian Prime Minister, Inqilab Zindabad, Jharkhand, Lalgarh, Malida, Manmohan Singh, Maoism Zindabad, Maoist, Maoist Cadres, Nandigram, Operation Lalgarh, Orissa, P. CHidambaram, People's Committee Against Police Atrocities, Pirakata, Trinamool, West Bengal, West Midnapore
18 June 2009
Source: The Hindu
Lalgarh (West Bengal) (IANS): Advancing security forces lobbed tear gas shells and made a baton charge to break a ‘human wall’ put up by Maoist cadres, armed with bows and arrows and pickaxes, in this troubled zone as West Bengal’s Communist government launched a massive operation Thursday to free the region of left extremists.
Two rebels as well as a lensman accompanying the security forces were injured, eyewitnesses said. There was no police confirmation of the news.
A day after being prodded by the centre to reclaim this headquarters of Binpur 1 community development block in West Midnapore district, 200 km form state capital Kolkata, from the Maoists, the state police personnel, backed by the central forces, moved in from their base camp at nearby Pirakata for ‘Operation Lalgarh’.
However, soon after, the forces came up against a ‘human wall’ at Malida, as hundreds of tribals carrying traditional weapons like bows and arrows, shovels, pickaxes and canes blocked the way by felling big trees on the road as they shouted slogans like “Inqilab Zindabad” and “Maoism zindabad”.
Filed under: Indian Subcontinent | Tags: Aben Murmu, Adivasi, Buddhadeb Patra, Communist Party of India - Marxist, CPI(M), Gautam Patra, Indigenous, Jindal Steel, Lalgarh, Maoist, Nandigram, Police Brutalities, Police harassment, SEZ, Special Economic Zone, State Oppression, Tribals, union steel and mines minister Ram Vilas Paswan, West Bengal, West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, West Midnapore District, West Midnapur District
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( Dated Piece – 13 November 2008 )
The events that have been happening during the last one week in the adivasi (tribal) belt of West Midnapur district in West Bengal are so unprecedented that the authorities do not know how to respond to them, and the media doesn’t understand their significance.
Even the political parties and civil society are at a loss trying to come to terms with what is happening. What had started off as protests against police brutalities in Lalgarh have turned into a full scale uprising against state oppression and dispossession. Nothing like this has been witnessed in West Bengal in living memory.
The entire chain of events started after (more…)