For the first time after Kishenji’s death in an encounter at Jangalmahal in last November, a group of about 20 Maoist activists held a meeting at Kanimohuli village located at the Bengal-Jharkhand border a few days back to reorganise themselves.
Intelligence agencies have informed the West Bengal government about this development and it is learnt that the state government is considering proposals to launch joint operations in Maoist-infested Jangalmahal.
Sources said Maoist leaders like Akash and Bikash had attended the meeting along with some local leaders of the red ultras. Maoist activities in Jangalmahal had come to an end following the death of their military strategist Koteswar Rao, alias Kishenji at Burishole village in Jangalmahal area in last November.
Mamata Banerjee’s decision to recruit Jangalmahal youths in the state police force has also helped local youths to embolden themselves to challenge Maoist threat of not responding to the chief minister’s appeal for joining the state police.
The state government have also taken up several development activities in the region which had gone against the Maoists who had failed to regain their lost base in three West Bengal districts of West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura which are known as Jangalmahal.
Under this backdrop, the Maoist leaders from Jharkhand have come forward to help their counterparts in West Bengal and the recent meeting at Kanimohuli village is being seen as an outcome of the efforts of Jharkhand Maoists to strengthen their units in West Bengal.