KOLKATA/MIDNAPORE: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee may have kept doors open for talks with the Maoists, but joint operation has been stepped up a few folds at the same time. Late on Monday, police arrested two persons – Kajal Mahato from Rangametia village of Nayagram and Kalipada Mahato from Birihandin village of Jhargram – for their alleged links with the Maoists.
Meanwhile, members of rights body APDR on Tuesday organised a meeting in front of New Secretariat building and condemned Mamata for branding some rights activists as “Maoist agents”.
Ranjir Sur, member of the APDR central secretariat, said, “We are involved in different types of rights movement for long. Branding Maoist was a trick to gag our voice.” Members of APDR and 20 other organizations will start a two-day hunger strike at Muchipara and will then organize a protest rally to Writers’ Buildings.
Several Maoist posters were also found on Monday at different parts of Nayagram block where rebels asked villagers to drive out Trinamool activists. “Trinamool is the new form of the Left Front government. Drive them out,” said the posters.
Jhargram police SP Gaurav Sharma claimed that Mahato was involved in the firing incident at Masandihi village. On Tuesday evening, police arrested Pranabesh Mahato, another youth who allegedly had played a key role in the murder of Trinamool Congress leader Rabindranath Mishra in Jhargram.