Stung by the near-revolt of India Reserve Batallion (IRB) 1 personnel posted at Shilda in West Midnapore district — the heartland of Maoist activities — last week, the West Bengal government is planning to take action against at least 10 jawans who, it thinks, incited the unrest.
“We are conducting an inquiry and if we find anybody guilty, we will punish them,’’ Kalyan Kumar Mullick, commandant of the battalion, told The Indian Express on Thursday.
The government has collected footage of the strike from TV channels and interviews given by some jawans at Shilda.
On Wednesday evening, Mullick met the Shilda jawans in Durgapur and replied to their allegations point by point.
“We are providing you everything but still you revolted. It was unfair and unfortunate. You even did not allow me to enter the camp. There were 8-10 jawans who instigated the revolt. I want you to give us the names of those 10 black sheep against whom we will take action. And we will let others go,’’ Mullick reportedly told the personnel.