Kolkata: Two days after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee gave Naxals a seven-day deadline to lay down arms, the Maoists seem to be preparing a concrete strategy to strike back against the government ultimatum.

The intelligence agencies have received inputs about the Maoists planning to toughen their stand after the recent ultimatum of the CM in a rally at Jhargram district of West Bengal.

As per the information, the Maoist leaders were scheduled to hold a meeting in the Jhargram on Monday, but the meeting venue was changed at the last minute and was held in the jungles along Jhakhand-Odisha border.

Maoist leaders Vikash, Aakash, Suchitra, Kishanji, Kishanda were reportedly present in the meeting.

Acting on a tip off, the West Bengal police is in touch with the Jharkhand and Orissa police to take stock of the movement of Naxals.

Moreover, the intelligence agencies have also geared up to keep track of the movements of the Naxal outfits. Their mobile phones are being tapped to ascertain movement and location of the Naxals.

It is noteworthy that the Naxal outfits in Junglemahal have become active after the withdrawal of joint forces in the area since past five months. Hence, the redeployment of the forces can check the movement of Naxals in the area.

The situation is worrisome as the Maoist leaders have so far not responded to the deadline given by Banerjee. But posters were pasted in Bhadutala bazaar at Salboni on Sunday asking the CM to keep her poll promises of withdrawal of joint forces and release of jailed Maoists.

Meanwhile, the Intelligence officials have suggested the state government not to take any harsh actions against the Naxals as it will add on in re-igniting the tussle between the government and the Naxals in the state.

(Agencies)