Saibal Gupta, Kolkata
Monsoon showers may have brought smiles to the farmers, but the much awaited rain has only meant trouble ahead for Junglemahal administration.
According to police, the naxals have surged back to the villages taking advantage of the monsoon rains, holding meetings and threatening leaders of rival political parties.
“Maoists are trying to launch recruitment and training programmes, as movement of security forces inside the forests during monsoon is restricted and there is lesser vigilance. However, we are working on counter strategies,” IG, Western zone, Gangeshwar Singh told Deccan Herald.
Police sources said Maoists have reportedly started frequenting many villages and they are even holding meetings and have started night stays. “Maoists, over the last couple of weeks, have significantly increased their influence in Lalgarh and Belpahari areas, where two platoons led by Bikash- the state committee member of the Maoists and Madan Mahato- a local guerrilla leader have started moving into villages and threatening local politicians,” sources in the police said. After Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress came to power Maoist movement in the Junglemahal area comprising of three districts –Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore– had reduced to a considerable degree.