Pro-Maoist group calls shutdown to protest Lalgarh killings

Kolkata, Jan 8 (IANS) The pro-Maoist tribal group – Peoples’ Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) – Saturday called a 72-hour shutdown starting Monday in the three Maoist-affected western districts of West Bengal to protest against the killing of seven villagers near Lalgarh.

‘We would observe three days’ shutdown from Monday in Junglemahal (Maoist-affected forested areas of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia) protesting against the killing of the innocent people by the armed Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) cadres,’ said the spokesperson of the PCAPA from an undisclosed location in Lalgarh.

‘The armed CPI-M cadres with the help of the joint forces are carrying out atrocities on the innocent tribal people. We are demanding the withdrawal of the joint forces,’ the spokesperson said.

The joint forces were deployed in the area since June 2009 to flush out Maoists, who are mainly active in some parts of the three districts.

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