New Delhi, 17 June : Home Minister P. Chidambaram has said the government is “worried about the consequences” of the violence in West Bengal where three activists of the CPI(M) were killed by suspected Maoists Wednesday.
“There are adequate central paramilitary forces” available to tackle the violence, he told reporters here, while saying the government was “worried about the consequences”. Maoist violence against ruling CPI(M) workers has spread from Lalgarh to Jhargram in Bengal’s West Midnapore district.
Lalgarh has been on the boil since last November. Seven CPI(M) men have been killed and six are missing since last week, with the area witnessing continuous clashes between cadres of the CPI(M) and Maoists.
B'deshi experts to visit controversial Tipaimukh dam
Dhaka, 17 June : A Bangladeshi team of parliamentarians and water experts is to visit an Indian dam construction project to assess its possible ecological effects on the country, a parliamentary panel said Tuesday.
“We have decided to send a delegation to India to witness its Tipaimukh project,” said Abdur Razzak, the chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on the Water Resources Ministry. Razzak, a former water minister, will head the 10-member delegation to India. The date of the trip was yet to be finalised.
The panel’s decision came following widespread protests against the Indian project on the river Barak, some 200 km upstream of the Bangladesh border, as many fear the project could cause desertification downstream. The delegation is to report to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed, who on Monday said Dhaka would come up with its formal reaction to New Delhi’s plan once she received the views of the delegation. New Delhi recently assured Dhaka that the project would not adversely affect Bangladesh’s ecology. In April, Indian Foreign Secretary Shiv Sankar Menon asked Bangladesh to send a delegation to the project site to assess its impact.
The Barak river feeds Bangladesh’s Surma and Kushiyara rivers in the northeast, eventually flowing down into the Meghna, one of the three main rivers in Bangladesh.
Three CPI(M) workers shot dead in West Midnapore
Jhargram, 17 June : Three CPI(M) workers, including a local leader, were shot dead by unidentified assailants at Banksole in West Midnapore district on Wednesday.
The six motorcycle-borne assailants killed the three including CPI(M)'s Shimli branch secretary Amal Mahato when they were having tea at a shop after patrolling the forest in the night to guard against Maoist-backed tribal agitators. The three were part of a village resistance group approved by the administration to assist the police, Jhargram sub-divisional officer Ulganathan told Bengal Newz. He did not rule out the hand of Maoists in the killing.