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A recurrence of Netai massacre was averted on Thursday at Dumuria village in Jhargram subdivision of West Midnapore district. According to Trinamool leaders, around a dozen armed cadres took shelter in the house of Bhavatosh Barik, a local CPM activist. The villagers immediately encircled the house and the armed goons fired blanks to disperse the villagers. But no one was injured.
Trinamool parliamentarian Suvendu Adhikary said he contacted the Jhargram police and administration at 9 am, but the police reached the spot after three hours, only after the CPM cadres had left. He alleged that the police intentionally delayed reaching the village to allow the armed goons escape.
The police gave a different version of the incident. Mukesh Kumar, the Additional SP of Jhargram, said Maoists had forced the villagers of Dumuria to hold a rally, but locals refused join in the rally. Thereafter, the Maoists opened fire and the joint forces rushed to the village. The Maoists escaped when the joint forces reached and an investigation has been started into the incident.
In compliance with the High Court order to dismantle the armed camps being run by political parties, the police, with the assistance of the Central forces, are conducting raids in West Midnapore district.
On the night of January 25, the Jhargram police had raided Kanchanpur village, where outsiders had allegedly taken shelter. The police, Adhikary said, picked up 11 persons, but they were released on bail. Mukesh Kumar said the police recovered 16 rounds ammunition outside the house of Suresh Mahato during the raid and a case was lodged.
According to an officer of Jhargram police, the joint forces raided the house of CPM leaders — Manoranjan Pal, Radhanagar, Prasanta Das, Agubani and Chandikaran — in Lalgarh. But nothing was found.
Trinamool claimed the raids by the joint forces did not produce any results as the local police are in collusion with CPM leaders. The CPM leaders running the camps in West Midnapore were getting information from the local police before the movement of the joint forces. So the forces did not find anything when they reached the villages, said Adhikary.