Battle for Lalgarh continues, its Trinamool vs CPI(M)

Written by Political Bureau | Kolkata | Updated: Jul 25 2009, 04:30am hrs
Trinamool Congress and CPI(M) supporters clashed in Chandrakona, on the periphery of the areas where security forces are carrying on their operations, in the Lalgarh-Goaltore belt in West Midnapur that reeled under Maoist violence recently. The clash left one Trinamool supporter dead.

The Trinamool Congress has been trying to gain ground in the CPI(M) bastion. The incident took place at a time when Mamata Banerjee announced a fresh agitation on Lalgarh, demanding a stop to the police operations. She will send two Union ministers, Sisir Adhikary and Mukul Roy, to Lalgarh on July 28.

In a separate incident, the house of a CPI(M) local committee member in Benasuli village in Shalboni was set fire, allegedly by Maoists, last night.

We have information that one person is dead in clashes in Chandrakona. A police contingent is moving in there, said Manoj Verma, district SP.

The incident, say sources, is the fallout of the Trinamool Congresss efforts to gain ground in West Midnapur district along the Lalgarh-Goaltore belt, and the CPI(M) resisting it.

The village is under our control for the past six-seven months. But CPI(M) armed cadres attacked it in the wee hours with bombs and guns. One of our supporters has been shot dead and many are missing. It is through terror that the CPI(M) is trying to regain lost ground,

said Mrigen Maity, district TMC president.

Partho Chatterjee, leader of the opposition in the Assembly met with Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi

and highlighted the issue of violence. Be it Lalgarh, Chandrakona, Haroa, Nanoor, the CPI(M) is continuing its politics of murder, said Chatterjee.

The CPI(M), on the other hand, alleged that the Trinamool is cosying with the Maoists. There is a conspiracy. On the one hand their ministers are coming here, on the other Trinamool and Maoists are hand in hand in attacking our supporters. They want to gain ground in the area in and around Lalgarh through violence, said Dipak Sarkar, district secretary of CPI(M).