Nani Gopal Pal in Purulia
Feb. 2. — In a bid to avoid any sudden untoward incidents in an around Naxal-affected Purulia district, including Bandwan and Jhalda blocks, the district police has tightened security arrangements with more forces.
Four more companies of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) arrived in the district for police camps of bordering areas of West Bengal and Jharkhand states last week.
Adequate armed forces with ultra-modern weapons have been deployed in the district, so that the security officials can maintain a tight vigil on the border check posts. These special forces would also provide security cover to the sensitive areas.
Following the Maoist attack at the Duarsini forest guest house in Bandwan and a threat letter to the Kotshila Block Development Officer in Jhalda-II block, special precautionary measure is being taken to prevent the sudden attacks. Considering the current trend of Maoist influences, state’s high police officials are visiting the areas regularly.
The IG (Western), Mr Banibrata Bose, the DIG (Midnapore), Mr Gangeswar Singh and Superintendent of Police, Purulia, Mr Rangaswami Sivakumar, have already visited the Maoist-affected zone of the district.
Interacting with The Statesman at a police camp in Bandwan of Purulia, a senior district police officer said, “It is a national problem.”
The CPI-M MP for Rajya Sabha, Mrs Brinda Karat and Lok Sabha MP, Mr Basudeb Acharya also admitted that they situation is quite grim while their visit and consoled the bereaved family of the former Sabhadhipati of Purulia Zilla Parishad, Rabindra Nath Kar and his wife who were brutally killed by a group of armed Maoist at Bhomragara village, Bandwan in Purulia.
Police have also beefed their security cover after Maoist posters were recovered at Pundagh and Kotshila a few days back. The CPI-Maoist posters has sparked tension in the region, while more than three thousand armed forces are engaged to control the tense situation.