Maoist Receiving Help from Locals, Admits Bengal Govt

West Bengal government has admitted that Maoists in forested area of West Midnapore district are getting help from locals, saying that the problem should be handled through intensified development work and not through police action only.

“The Maoists are getting local support. If the area is developed, the local people will dissociate themselves from the Maoists. The Maoist problem cannot be tackled only with police action,” state Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen said.

However, he said that offensive against rebels would go on, for they were expanding their area of operations.

He was speaking to media before leaving for Midnapore town to attend Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s review meeting on the law and order and welfare measures in ‘junglemahal’ (forested areas).

In response to a query, he said that the bodies of three youths found this morning in the Kusbani jungle in West Midnapore have been identified.

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