KOLKATA: In a recent report, the Intelligence Branch (IB) has reported that 11 political leaders – including ministers, an MP and MLAs – are on the Maoist hit list. The state government has now decided to enhance the security of all those who figure in the list. The leaders are also being given a list of “dos and don’ts”.
The ministers who face a life threat are Union minister of state for shipping Mukul Roy, Trinamool Congress M P Subhendu Adhikary, Paschimanchal Unnayan affairs minister Sukumar Hansda, Trinamool MLAs from Jangalmahal Mrigen Maity, Dulal Murmu and Srikanta Mahati and Churamoni Mahato, Kharagpur Trinamool leader Debashish Chowdhury, Jana Jagaran Mancha’s leaders Monoranjan Mahato, Nisith Mahato, Aguiboni gram panchayat leader Monoranjan Mahato, who is said to be an aide of Nisith and Durgesh Malladev, a member of the Jhargram royal family.
According to the IB report, the Maoists have prepared the hitlist in a meeting in the forests of Jharkhand.
The leaders will now be given four armed security personnel, instead of the two they are currently moving with. The IB report coincided with another act of intimidation by the Maoists in Jangalmahal. Three IEDs were found on the road crossing the Kalaboni forests in the outskirts of Jhargram. Police also found a wrist watch lying around. Subhendu Adhikary’s rally is supposed to pass through this route on Saturday and police said the IEDs had been planted to terrorize the rallyists.
Even on Thursday, Maoists posters were found in Midnapore Town. The posters, signed by a new outfit called Jangalmahal Shanti O Unnayan Committee that is believed to be backed by the Maoists, have alleged that Nrigen Maity is corrupt. The posters also said that agricultural development was the need of the hour at Jangalmahal and not building roads, which would only increase the access of joint forces.
An IB official told TOI on Thursday, “Our list is quite comprehensive. It has some solid evidence like the recent posters put up by the Maoists in the Jangalmahal area. The Maoists have named all these leaders, ministers, M Ps and MLAs in their hitlist and have issued warning against them. They have asked them all to resign from their current posts or else face the music.”
Home department officials at Writers’ confirmed that the government is taking these threats very seriously now since the IB has specifically said that all these leaders would be attacked as soon as the efforts to bring the Maoists to the talks table fail.
Based on the IB report, police have prepared a guideline and restricted the movement of all these leaders. They have been told not to venture out after dark, not to leave their homes on receiving a telephone call at night. They must also inform the police every time they step out of their houses.