Staff Reporter

KOLKATA: Normal life was disrupted in pockets of the forested south-western part of West Bengal, commonly known as Jangalmahal, on Wednesday due to the bandh called by the Maoist-backed Police Santrash Birodhi Janasadharaner Committee (PSBJC) in protest against alleged atrocities perpetrated on villagers by CPI (M) supporters.

While the bandh had hardly any impact in the urban areas of the three districts of Paschim Medinipur, Bankura and Purulia, a complete shutdown was witnessed in Maoist-dominated areas like Salboni, Lalgarh and Jhargram in Paschim Medinipur district; Khatra, Sarenga and Bandwan areas of Bankura; and Purulia district.

Vehicles stayed off the roads; shops, schools and offices remained closed. There was no incident of violence reported. The PSBJC leadership had alleged on Tuesday that hundreds of armed CPI (M) cadres attacked several tribal villages over the past few days and ransacked houses and tortured people in their bid to capture the areas.

It demanded immediate removal of all CPI (M) camps in the region. The PSBJC leadership had also announced an indefinite blockade programme in the three districts from Thursday.