Maoists may be making a comeback in Junglemahal of West Bengal. Two days back, a Trinamool Congress leader was shot dead from close range by three men on a motor bike coming from direction of the jungle. Last night, police recovered six land mines from Binpur in West Bengal, rekindling the memories of eight years back when the rebels had made Junglemahal a free zone.
Though the government could not name who were behind the incidents that happened in Bankura and West Midnapore, a group of intelligence branch officials have been rushed to the spot from Kolkata to investigate.
Arguments over who killed Anil Mahato, a TMC leader from Raipur village of Bankura, have been going on. Anil was shot in the chest by three gunmen. Though local TMC leader blamed the CPM for carrying out the murder, his brother blamed the internal party rivalry. "Who else? My brother's partymen killed him," said Sunil, Anil's brother.
However, none of the arguments looked solid as the CPM did not have enough cadre base and reason to attack Anil and the leader did not have any issues with anybody in his party as well. In fact the style of the attack where assailants rained bullets on Mahato's chest after covering their faces seemed more similar to the Maoists way of attacking.
On Friday, mines planted in Binpur road were unearthed by the CRPF jawans. This has proved that rebels are making a come back to West Bengal.