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Vigilant over Possible Maoist Movement in Jangalmahal West Bengal

Almost a decade after Maoist presence shrunk from the tribal-dominated Jangalmahal district of West Bengal after three years of disturbance, police are probing possible movement of the left wing extremists (LWE) and reports of them making a comeback in the area.

Director General of West Bengal Police Virendra held a high-level meeting with several other top police officers on Saturday at Jhargram, 150 km from Kolkata. “We have discussed the LWE situation at the meeting,” he told reporters.

The officers later visited the Dhangikusum area in Belpahari in the Jhargram district to probe a possible point of entry of the Maoists into Bengal from neighbouring Jharkhand.

On Friday, Maoist posters were found at Sinduria village also in the Belpahari police station area ordering a contractor to stop building a local road. “Sourav Roy, stop road construction,” the posters written in red ink said. Beneath that was scrawled the words CPI Maoist.

However, these incidents in quick succession are just two of four suspected Maoist related incidents in Jhargram district in the last four weeks or so.

Sources say police are probing the Madan Mahato squad of CPI Maoists, which is suspected to be camping in forests at the Jharkhand Bengal border.

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