Superintendent of Police asked to investigate the matter

A day after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee gave Naxals a seven-day deadline to lay down arms, posters allegedly by the CPI (Maoist) on Sunday appeared in tribal Junglemahal asking her to keep her poll promises of withdrawal of joint forces and release of jailed Maoists.

“If the promises are not kept Trinamool Congress leaders will face threat to life,” said one of the posters pasted on a wall at Bhadutala bazar at Salboni.

Another poster demanded comprehensive development of Junglemahal area.

Handwritten

The three posters were handwritten in red in Bengali and signed as the CPI (Maoist), police said.

West Midnapore District Magistrate Surendra Gupta said he had asked the Superintendent of Police to investigate the matter.

The police said it was suspected to be the handiwork of miscreants.

After Ms. Banerjee's public meeting on Saturday at Jhargram, where she nixed the Maoist offer of cessation of arms for a month in Junglemahal, a procession was taken out by Nari Ijjat Bachao Committee, the women's wing of Maoist front organisation Peoples Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA).

The procession which had covered the forest area villages had made the same demands and also sought withdrawal of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act under which PCPA member Chatradhar Mahato had been arrested.

“I am giving you (Maoists) a seven-day ultimatum to lay down guns. Think over it. We will not tolerate any more violence. Killings and negotiations cannot go hand in hand,” Ms. Banerjee told a rally here.- PTI