PCAPA cadres set forest office on fire

Demanding the unconditional release of Chhatradhar Mahato, Maoists backed Sidhu-Kanhu Gana Militia, the armed wing of the People's Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA), set ablaze the range office of state forest department in Silda in West Midnapore at midnight on Thursday. This is the first incident in which the PCAPA has resorted to violence since DGP Bhupindar Singh declared on Thursday that the outfit and the Sidhu-Kanhu Gana Militia would be banned and the police were looking for evidence to back such a decision.

"Even though we have several cases in which the PCAPA resorted to violence, the incident in Silda is stronger evidence for us than the past incidents for banning the PCAPA and the Sidhu-Kanho Gana Militia. Earlier, they ransacked police camps, dug roads and attacked police stations, but this time they set fire to a government office. This instance will make our task of banning the outfit easier," said Singh. According to the police, the miscreants dragged out all workers from the range office before setting it on fire. They left posters on the spot claiming the militia is responsible.

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