New Delhi, Kolkata, 22 June : The Centre on Monday banned the CPI (Maoist) under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, calling it a terrorist organization. Home ministry sources said the decision was taken at a high-level meeting.
"The decision has been taken to ban CPI (Maoist) under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act as a terrorist organisation," they said. CPI(Maoist), which is the main Naxal group in India, has been bracketed with 34 other organizations including LeT and SIMI who are in the list of banned outfits.
West Bengal's ruling Left Front on Monday said it was against banning the CPI(Maoist) and will counter such outfits politically, days after chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee stated that his government will give a serious thought to proscribing the Naxals. "We have decided that such outfits, which follow misguided politics, cannot be countered by banning them. It is important to counter the activities of these outfits politically," Left Front chairman Biman Bose said. န File Photos
Kolkata, 22 June : Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee Monday accused West Bengal's ruling Left Front of being in cahoots with the Maoists saying the Communists had used the rebels to win the polls in the western districts.
"The CPI(M) used CPI(Maoists) to rig the elections and now they are saying Maoists helped the Trinamool. (Prakash) Karat and (Sitaram) Yechury need to clear their stand on Maoists," Banerjee said, referring to the CPI(M) leaders.
Belayet blamed the accident on signal failure. He also admitted to his department's failure. The accident took place five days after a train rammed a a number of vehicles near Moghbazar level crossing on Wednesday. န Photos : Firoz Ahmed
Agartala, 22 June : A hard core insurgent of outlawed National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT), who fled from a base camp of the outfit in Bangladesh, has surrendered to Tripura State Rifles (TSR) in West Tripura district, police today said.
The insurgent, identified as Saral Debbarma, surrendered to the camp in-charge of TSR at Sidhai yesterday and also deposited one magzine of Self Loading Rifle with 25 live cartridges.
Kolkata, 22 June : Normal life was affected in the West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura districts of West Bengal as the 48-hour bandh called by Maoists in five States began on Monday morning.
The bandh has been called against the ongoing flushing out operations by security forces in Maoist-affected Lalgarh in West Midnapore. Besides Lalgarh, security was tightened in Binpur, Jhargram and adjoining areas where the combined security forces continued their offensive for the fifth day, official sources said.
Democracy for Burma Blog, 22 June : 21 Arakanese protesters were arrested by Bangladesh police today in Dhaka while they were staging a demonstration for the 34 Arakanese and Karen freedom fighters who have been detained by the Indian government since 1998. READ MORE