Press Esc to close
Monday 30 May 2016
News updated at 4:06 PM IST
Weather
Max: 28.4°C
Min : 19.9°C
In Bengaluru
Generally cloudy

Security Forces capture Maoist headquarters

Last updated: 29 June, 2009
Lalgarh, IANS:

Using helicopter surveillance and marking from two flanks, security forces on Monday reclaimed the remaining Maoist den of Kantapahari and entered the headquarters of the agitating tribals on the 12th day of the operation launched to flash out the rebels from in and around this area of West Midnapore district.

Jawans greet each other after their success in the operation against Maoists at Katapahari in West Midnapore district on Monday. PTI


While one group of central and state armed forces moved from Lalgarh in the south and retook Kantapahari, the other teams of troopers moved from Ramgarh in the north to march into Barapeli village - the hub of the People's Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) which had virtually made Lalgarh a free zone for the last seven months by torching police camps and driving out the civil administration.

"The Maoists failed to put up any resistance Monday. The two security teams later met at Kantapahari and established a base camp," said Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) Raj Kanojia.

The entire leadership of the PCAPA, including its supremo Chhatradhar Mahato, have gone underground and police have launched a manhunt to track them down.

The security forces have now re-established the writ of the state in an arc surrounding Lalgarh to complete the first phase of the operations launched June 18.

The PCAPA and the Maoists had since last November established virtual control over 42 villages in Lalgarh and surrounding areas where hundreds of Maoist extremists had virtually taken over the role of the state administration.

Lalgarh has been on the boil since November when a landmine exploded on the route of the convoy of Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and then central ministers Ram Vilas Paswan and Jitin Prasada.

Complaining of police atrocities after the blast, angry tribals backed by Maoists launched an agitation, virtually cutting off the area from the rest of West Midnapore district.
Maoists are active in areas under 21 police stations in the state's three western districts - West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Sunrisers Hyderabad players celebrates with VIVO 2016 IPL champiionship Trophy after winning the...

Sunrisers Hyderabad players celebrates with VIVO 2016 IPL champiionship Trophy after winning the...

Sunrisers Hyderabad Ben Cutting (C) celebrates the wicket of Chris Gayle during the IPL 2016...

Sunrisers Hyderabad Ben Cutting (C) celebrates the wicket of Chris Gayle during the IPL 2016...

Royal Challengers Bengaluru player Chris Gayle raises his bat towards crowd against Sunrisers...

Royal Challengers Bengaluru player Chris Gayle raises his bat towards crowd against Sunrisers...

Dharani Selvakumar takes part in senior category, at the All Cargo National surfing event Indian...

Dharani Selvakumar takes part in senior category, at the All Cargo National surfing event Indian...

A large number of cricket fans cheers during the Royal Challengers Bengaluru V/s Sunrisers...

A large number of cricket fans cheers during the Royal Challengers Bengaluru V/s Sunrisers...

A shepherd flocking sheep on the Tosamaidan meadow, in district Budgam of central Kashmir...

A shepherd flocking sheep on the Tosamaidan meadow, in district Budgam of central Kashmir...

Visitors at an Electric Vehicles Expo in Kolkata on Sunday...

Visitors at an Electric Vehicles Expo in Kolkata on Sunday...

Smoke billowing out after a major fire at an AC kit manufacturing facility at Manesar, Gurgaon...

Smoke billowing out after a major fire at an AC kit manufacturing facility at Manesar, Gurgaon...

Girls enjoying in the Arabian sea against the backdrop of monsoon clouds in Kochi...

Girls enjoying in the Arabian sea against the backdrop of monsoon clouds in Kochi...

A Sikh devotee paying obeisance at the Golden Temple on the occasion of Guru Gaddi diwas of sixth..

A Sikh devotee paying obeisance at the Golden Temple on the occasion of Guru Gaddi diwas of sixth..

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523