Purulia, Jan. 22. — Maoists today called for boycotting Republic Day programmes in Purulia district of West Bengal and for observing a bandh on that day.
Several Maoist posters, pasted on walls of houses and shops, were seized by the police from Pundar in Jeypore area, district SP Mr Rangasway Shivkumar told reporters here. The reason for boycotting Republic Day programmes was not given by the Maoists, police said.
Maoists active in Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapur districts of the state had been giving a call for boycott of R-day programmes for a few years now. Pundar is near Bandwan where the Maoists brutally killed CPI-M leader Rabindranath Kar and his wife during a pre-dawn raid on their house on 1 January.
The SP said a red alert was already sounded in the district and paramilitary forces were posted along Purulia’s common border with West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand.
Besides, security in the entire district was beefed up further, he said. Maoist rebels were believed to be using the corridor between Purulia and West Singhbhum as their escape route after carrying out operations inside West Bengal.
— SNS & PTI