[Marxism] Villagers take to streets against Maoist bandhs
rajeshcherian at yahoo.co.in
Sat Jul 24 08:54:42 MDT 2010
Kolkata: Disgruntled over regular bandhs and blockades called by Maoists in
Jangalmahal (forested south-western part of West Bengal), thousands of villagers
from more than 10 villages in Jhargram sub-division of Paschim Medinipur
district took out a rally in the area on Friday.
They were protesting against the atrocities perpetrated on them by the Left-wing
extremists and supporters of the Maoist-backed Police Santrash Birodhi
Janasadharaner Committee (PSBJC).
They alleged that the Maoists and PSBJC supporters had beaten up both men and
women from the villages when the latter refused to participate in a rally
organised by the former.
A group of Maoists and PSBJC members had gone to Radhanagar village in the area
on Wednesday night and asked the residents to participate in a protest rally
against alleged police torture on women members of the Maoist-backed Nari Izzat
Bachao Committee on Tuesday. Most of the villagers, however, refused to listen
to the group and chased them away. The Maoists returned to the village on
Thursday and allegedly beat up residents for daring to defy their order.
Saying that the incident points towards growing animosity against the Maoists in
the region, Additional Superintendent of Police, Jhargram, said the people have
“finally raised their voice against the prolonged suppression by the Maoists”.
“More than 5,000 people had gathered against torture by the Maoists as well as
the regular digging up of roads, felling of trees and calling bandhs. They said
they wanted to live in peace,” he added.
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