A poster from Pathri (left) and another from Ghola.
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By Bappaditya Paul

Kolkata / Midnapore: Posters of proscribed Maoist insurgent group has resurfaced at two places in Bengal on the very next day of the declaration of the Lok Sabha elections.

One of the places where Maoist posters have been found is located in the suburb of Kolkata; another is in the Jungle Mahal region which witnessed an intense Maoist insurgency till 2011.

Residents at Ghola in North 24-Parganas spotted some printed posters of the CPI (Maoist) today (11 March) morning. The posters were pasted on some walls at Ghola Bus Stand and Auto-rickshaw Stand.

“Long live the victims of State oppression, Comrade Sudip Chongdar, and other martyrs. Unite for an intensified revolt against the conspiracy of jingoistic and war-monger RSS-BJP,” the posters in Bengali read.

Chongdar alias Akash was the Bengal state secretary of the CPI (Maoist). He was arrested by the Bengal police a few years ago and died in jail custody recently.

On being informed by people, a team from Khardah police station rushed in and took away the posters from Ghola.

This came on a day some hand-scribbled posters by the same Maoist ultras were also spotted at Pathri village under Kharagpur sub-division in West Midnapore district.

The area falls in the Jungle Mahal region that saw an intensified Maoist insurgency till 2011. But in the last few years, with the Bengal government adopting a carrot and stick policy, the Maoist organisation has been in disarray.

The posters that have been found at Pathri today are directed at the ruling party Trinamool.

In the posters scribbled in Bengali, the local leaders of Trinamool have been directed to quit the party at once or face stringent punishment in the “People’s Court.”

“People’s Court,” in the Maoist parlance, refers to an open trial conducted by the insurgent leaders and the local people. Usually, an “accused” is tried, sentenced, and the punishment is executed in a single session without a scope for appeal.

The recovery of fresh posters from two places is being seen as an indication that the Maoist ultras are probably regrouping in Bengal.

Last November, Bengal police had arrested four suspected Maoist insurgents from West Midnapore.

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