Operation Lalgarh: Forces face tough resistance

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Lalgarh (West Bengal) June 19(ANI): The West Bengal Police supported by Central Paramilitary forces launched "operation Lalgarh" to clear the areas in and around Lalgarh from Maoist captivity in West Midnapore district.

The security forces are facing tough time in clearing the human shields, consisting of women and children put up by ultras on the way leading to Lalgarh.

The troops were halted from crossing the Jhatika forest beyond Pirrakula last night, as the area was not cleared from the landmines. As the anti landmine vehicles were deployed in operation the forces now are heading towards the ground zero.

According to sources, the march of security forces faced a stiff resistance by "human wall" in Malida, consisting of hundreds of tribal carrying traditional weapons like bows, arrows and shouting pro-Maoist slogans.

Two tribal and a cameraperson were injured in the clash. The Police used baton charging and tear gas shell to chase away the mob. Later they also raided few houses.

There were also reports of clashes between security personnel and Maoists from Doima, Raj Kanojia, and Bankura.

West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee ruled out negotiations with Maoists, unless until they shed the violence. But he said talks could be held with tribals.

The West Bengal Chief Minister has said his government is considering launching similar operations in other affected districts of Bankura and Purulia to clear them from rebels.

Meanwhile, Maoist leader Kishanji called for a 48 hour shut down starting from Monday in West Bengal, Jharkhand, and Bihar. (ANI)

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