"Kisenji is hiding in the district and is injured. His associate Bikash and woman leader Tara are hiding along with him," district SP Manoj Verma told PTI here. Verma, however, did not identify the exact location where they were hiding.
Kishenji is believed to have been injured in a fierce encounter with the joint forces at Hatiloth forest on 25 March. Tara is said to have led the Maoists who raided the Eastern Frontier Rifles camp at Sildah in the district on 15 February that left 24 personnel dead.
Police sources Bikash and Tara had plotted to attack a CRPF camp in Kathijore when the encounter near Duli village took place on 16 June in which 12 Maoists were killed. န Photo : Reuters
UNB, Sangsad Bhaban, 19 June : The trial broadcast of TV channel ‘Sangsad Bangladesh’ will begin on June next, Information Minister informed the House today.
Replying to a starred question of M Nurul Islam Sujon, Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad said the parliamentary channel, in line with an earlier decision of the House, is being introduced to broadcast Parliament and development-related programs. He further said work is underway on a digital terrestrial test transmission of the planned TV channel in Dhaka, Chittagong and Khulna in next December.
Darjeeling, 19 June : Most shops downed shutters and vehicular traffic was sparse as normal life came to a standstill in Darjeeling Hills Saturday on day one of the indefinite shutdown called by the pro-Gorkhaland Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM).
The GJM is on the agitation path in support of a host of demands, including a halt to the harassment of the members of the frontal organisation Gorkhaland Personnel (GLP) by the police. Few people ventured out on the roads in the three hill sub-divisions - Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong - of Darjeeling district, authorities said.
Dhaka, 19 June : Bangladesh government launched Efficient Light Initiative Saturday to distribute energy saving CLF bulbs free of cost to millions of households.
After launching the program at a distribution center in Dhaka, State Minister for Energy Enamul Huq told Bengal Newz in an interview the program is to motivate the people so that they can use the environment-friendly bulbs which are efficient and consume less electricity. "We will distribute 5.5 million energy saving bulbs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in capital Dhaka and some other districts in the country today. We will distribute total 10,500,000 energy saving bulbs this year," he said.
"Our purpose is to condemn the State Government's policy of tackling Maoism in the Lalgarh area. One year has passed when the joint forces have been deployed in the Lalgarh area. said APDR's Sujato Bhadra, a member of the Bondi Mukti Committee. Sujato Bhadra said that the joint forces had gone to Lalgarh area to establish the rule of law but what they are actually doing is the contrary to what they have been told to establish. "There is no rule of law in the entire area," Bhadra added.
The protesters have also demanded the immediate withdrawal of forces from Lalgarh area in West Midnapore District along with the release of people who have been arrested on allegations of being Maoists. "We have been demanding the withdrawal of forces from the Lalgarh area, to open up dialogue with the armed opposition group...maybe Maoists and also with the People's Committee which is not a banned organization," Bhadra, said.
The Committee has also asked for the initiation of dialogues with the People's Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA), which is a frontal organization of Maoists. န Photo : Avijit Mondal
Siliguri, 19 June : Three suspected terrorists of the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) have been arrested from this North Bengal town, police said Saturday.
The police raided the house of Indrajit Roy, one of the militants, in Patiramjote area of Matigara here Friday night and arrested him along with two other insurgents. One of those arrested, Tirtha Burman, was a hardcore militant. He had been trained in Chittagong of Bangladesh, Darjeeling district police superintendent D.P. Singh told reporters. Tirtha Burman was the north Bengal in-charge of the KLO, which has been demanding creation of Kamtapur state comprising six districts in the northern part of the state and nine others in Assam. While Tirtha Burman hails from Habibpur in Malda district, the other arrested Pratap Burman has two houses in Malda and South Dinajpur districts of north Bengal.
Kolkata, 19 June : After the setback in recent civic polls and with assembly elections in West Bengal barely a year away, the state's ruling CPI(M) today asked party ministers to speed up unfinished work.
"We are apprehensive that the opposition will stand in the way of the functioning of the government in the coming months. But they (party ministers) will have to perform and complete whatever is left unfinished," CPI(M) state secretary Biman Bose told reporters after a meeting with ministers and Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee. He said there was a problem of inter-departmental co-ordination which would have to be sorted out.
Jhargram, 19 June : Suspected Maoists on Saturday killed two people at Jhargram area in West Midnapore district after accusing them of being "police informers", authorities said.
The Maoists kidnapped the two men late on Friday. Maoist posters, found near the bodies, claimed both of them were police informers, police said. "We have recovered the two bodies. We have also recovered Maoist posters from the spot," said Zulfiqar Hasan, inspector general western range.
Department of Agricultural Extension sources said of the total, 24,598 hectares were cultivated in Magura district, 34,020 hectares in Jhenidah, 20,073 hectares in Narail, 28,140 hectares in Jessore, 3,081 hectares in Khulna, 1,288 hectares in Bagerhat, 9,930 hectares in Satkhira, 37,500 hectares in Kushtia, 24,600 hectares in Chuadanga and 23,950 hectares in Meherpur district. Farmers said they are expecting bumper yield due to the prevailing favorable weather condition.
DAE sources said farmers brought more land under jute cultivation in the division exceeding the target as they got fair prices in the last season. Agriculture officials here said they ensured supply of quality seeds, pesticides, fertilizers and other necessary agri-inputs among the farmers at fair prices to make the cultivation scheme a success.