|Kolkata, Dec 18 (IANS) Pro-Maoist tribal group, Peoples’ Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) Saturday called for a 24-hour shutdown Monday in West Bengal’s three rebel-dominated districts to protest ‘atrocities’ of the joint security forces.
‘The shutdown on Monday has been called in Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore districts as the common tribal people living in the areas were facing torture and harassment from the joint forces and armed cadres of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M),’ a PCAPA spokesman told IANS on phone from Lalgarh area of West Midnapore.
‘Police are also picking up our supporters and local people on false charges of being Maoists and carrying out inhuman torture on them. Earlier, the joint forces picked up and detained Muhammad Israieel. He was released just three days ago, but he cannot even stand as police had beaten him severely on his feet and legs,’ said the PCAPA spokesman, who wished to be anonymous. He added that two other people were also picked up by the police and beaten ‘mercilessly’.
‘We demand that the government and administration should stop atrocities on our people and urge people to support the shutdown,’ the spokesperson said.