Jhargram/ Kolkata: Almost throwing a challenge to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in response to her seven-day deadline to lay down arms, the Maoists on Wednesday called a 24-hour bandhh in Junglemahal on October 22, the day when the deadline ends.

Announcing the bandh in an open letter, the Maoist state committee secretary and spokesman, Aakash urged the natives of the area to make the bandhh in Junglemahal a success against the injustice of the government.

The Maoist leader, in his letter, has made no reference to the Chief Minister’s offer of cessation of arms.

Instead, in a shocking event in Nayagram on Wednesday the Maoists beat up a Trinamool Congress leader and asked him and his son to resign from the party.

They have also declared that the CM has neither kept her poll promises of withdrawal of joint forces nor release of jailed Maoists.
The Maoists have also criticized the government for the suspension of seven India Reserve Battalion personnel on disciplinary grounds.

In a bid to accomplish the aim of the bandh, the Maoist leaders are also planning to take out processions and hold meetings in Junglemahal.

According to the sources, the Maoists have dual motive behind the bandh. They virtually aim at assaying the hold of the new Mamata-led West Bengal government on the people of Junglemahal and simultaneously reading the minds of the populace here. 

JPN/Bureau