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Featured Image: Flag of CPI-ML (Red Star). 

By A Newsman

Diamond Harbour, 26 January: AFTER Sharmishta Choudhury yesterday evening, police have arrested two more Naxalite leaders in connection with the anti-power transmission station agitation at Bhangar in South 24-Parganas.

The two include West Bengal state secretary of the CPI-ML (Red Star) Pradip Singh Thakur, and state unit member Shanawaz Mollah.

Sharmishta Choudhury, a central committee member of the party, was arrested by the police yesterday evening from south Kolkata.  Thakur and Mollah were picked up from near Sealdah railway station late last night.

After keeping them lodged at the New Town police station through the night, the three Naxalite leaders were produced at the Baruipur Sub-divisional Court in South 24-Parganas today.

Prosecution has slapped charges of misleading the villagers at Bhangar and inciting violence in the area by mobilising people against an under-construction power transmission station on farmland. Conceding to the prosecution’s demand, the judge remanded the three leaders to CID custody for eight days.

Since the arrest of Sharmishta last night, several villages at Bhangar saw a return of unrest with villagers blocking the roads at several places by burning tyres and placing wooden logs.

As soon as the news of two more leaders reached, the agitation intensified with villagers blocking the roads at as many as 15 placing bricks, concrete electric poles, wooden logs, etc. at Bakdoba, Shaymnagar, Nutanhat, Haroa Road. This is to hinder police vehicles from entering the areas in the event of a face off.

The villagers also took out a protest rally by holding black flags and shouting unconditional release of Sharmishta and the two other leaders. The rally that comprised only males, traversed through Khamarhait, Macchi Bhanga, Nutanhat, and adjacent areas.

Countering this, Bidhannagar Mayor and Trinamool MLA Sabyasachi Dutta reached the troubled villages with a large number of followers and police towards afternoon, and removed the blockades that were placed on the roads. Dutta warned that trouble-mongers would not be allowed to move about freely.