The areas adjacent to the forested parts of West Bengal’s Paschim Medinipur, Purulia and Bankura district continued to witness a complete shutdown on Tuesday due to bandhs called by Maoists and the Maoist-backed Police Santrash Birodhi Janasadharaner Committee (PSBJC).
While the bandh called by the PSBJC has been continuing since August 18, it was the second day of the 48-hour protest called by the Maoists in five States to protest against the arrest of two colleagues.
Police intelligence reports have warned of a possible Maoist attack on the Jhargram Sub-Correctional Home and the police stations in Lalgarh and Jhargram.
Incidentally, Maoist spokesperson Gaur Chakraborty, who was arrested by the Kolkata police on June 23, is now lodged in the correctional home where he is undergoing trial in a case before the Jhargram sessions court.
Additional Director-General (Jail) Bansidhar Sharma told The Hindu that district police officials were asked to step up security at the correctional home and deploy additional forces.
There were incidents of violence in the Lalgarh region of Paschim Medinipur district on Tuesday. Suspected Maoists ransacked the house of Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Jagannath Mahato at Pathri village.
Another CPI(M) supporter, Govinda Mahato, was allegedly assaulted by the rebels in the same village for his party affiliation.
The Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar Verma said two landmines were recovered from Bansberh village at Kantapahari, 7 km from Lalgarh.
A clash between women supporters of the PSBJC and security force personnel was reported in front of the Bhimpur police camp near Lalgarh. The women were protesting against the arrest of a local youth.