Midnapore: Two inmates of a Trinamool-run relief camp here were arrested by joint security forces for alleged links with Maoists after which party workers blocked roads and were baton charged by police resulting in the injury of 11 people, including five journalists.
West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Monday night said he would inform Union Home Minister P Chidambaram about 'Trinamool-Maoist nexus' and would be forced to take administrative steps against Trinamool leaders involved in sheltering Maoists.
Mamata Banerjee, who rushed to Midnapore to talk to party workers who were allegedly manhandled by the police during the raid on the relief camp, said she too would inform the Centre about the incident. On the arrest of the alleged Maoists, she said the entire incident was the handiwork of pro-CPM police forces.
The arrested inmates of the relief camp, located in the guest house 'Rajiv Gandhi Puro Nilay', were identified as Asim Mahato and Amiya Mahato who allegedly had a hand in the Maoist attack on a camp of the Eastern Frontier Rifles at Silda, near here, on February 15, 2010 in which 24 jawans were killed.
Alleging arbitrary action of the joint forces, Trinamool Congress activists blocked the station road in the town, stalling traffic movement for hours.
They claimed that the two were not at all connected to Maoists and that the joint forces personnel ransacked the camp and assaulted women inmates during the raid.
Police said five journalists, including one belonging to a Bengali TV channel, were injured in the melee while Trinamool Congress protesters put up a road blockade on the station road. (With PTI Inputs)
Story first published:
February 01, 2011 00:24 IST