Fearing Mao Attack, Red Alert Sounded in City


Kolkata: A month after the central intelligence department wrote to the ministry of home affairs about possible Maoists resurgence in six districts in West Bengal, the union ministry sent a report to the state home department suggesting that the Maoists replicating the Bihar-Jharkhand model might target the Railways in the state. The alert come days after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhisekh Banerjee said in an open meeting that top Maoist leader Kishenji was killed by his aunt’s government. 

The report was sent to the state government on last week. Previously on June 20, the railways have issued an intelligence advisory to the concerned authorities to take adequate preventive measures in the wake of a Maoist bandh call to check possible attack on railway properties in the region.  According to the report sent to the state government the Maoists might not only target the railways but they might even choose soft targets like railway station including Sealdah, Howrah and metro stations. “We have decided to revive the process of running a pilot engine before the passing of an express or a mail train particularly in those areas that are considered to be vulnerable. At present we are in a process to identify the vulnerable zones and it will be completed very soon,” a senior railway official said.

Source : TOI