KOLKATA: After the death of Maoist militrary strategist Koteswar Rao alias Kishneji in last November and its subsequent success in thwarting Maoist movement in West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee’s government has chalked out a plan to modernise and upgrade 18 police stations in Maoist-hit Jangalmahal which comprises three districts of West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura.
“We will require Rs 2 crore to modernise and upgrade a police station in Jangalmahal. The Centre has already sanctioned Rs 26 crore for the job. Once upgradation and modernisation of all these police stations will be over, these police stations will be like mini forts and would be able to counter any wildcat attacks by the Maoists or any other separatist forces,” a senior state police official told ET on Monday.
Of these 18 police stations, eight belong to West Midnapore district which was the Maoist free zone a few years back. The police stations include Lalgarh, Sankrail, Jamboni, Salboni, Nayagram, Goaltore, Belpahari and Binpur. In October 2009, the Maoists had kidnapped the then officer-in-charge of Sankrail police station, Atindra Nath Dutta after killing two of his colleagues. The entire armoury of the police station was looted by the Maoists.