Jhargram, Sep. 4: After staying in hibernation for years, Maoists are ‘back’ and regrouping in the Belpahari area of West Bengal, according to the local residents of that area. Posters with Maoist signature were found at Belpahari area of Jhargram district the morning of August 15, Independence day.
On Friday, a group of 7 armed Maoists including three females compelled the tourists to hand over their cell-phones to them after a little chatting with them. Locals on Friday morning discovered the same posters at Harda more 2 kms away from Belpahari market.
The posters had the signature of CPI (Maoist), done in the usual style of using red ink on a white sheet of paper. Police rushed to the spot and seized the posters.
The posters read warning to stop the construction work of Dharsa-Poradi metallic road. This has stoked fears if days preceding 2011 ‘paribartan’ (change) will make any comeback in the belt ahead of 2021 assembly elections, days of violence and turbulence. The entire Jangalmahal belt comprising of Midnapore, Jhargram, Bankura and Purulia districts were largely Maoist infested till 2011. The rulling party finds something fishy in the poster case. Amit Kumar Bharat Rathod, the SP of Jhargram said, police are investigating the posters which were found on Friday.