Security forces say they have consolidated their hold on several
villages in West Bengal, which Maoist rebels claimed they had taken
from government control. Officials say they have met with little
resistance from the rebels.
The security operation to reestablish government control in Lalgarh
district began nearly two weeks ago, after a spate of attacks in which
suspected rebels gunned down political rivals and torched government
Thousands of paramilitaries, along with police and an elite
anti-insurgent squad have been advancing slowly because of fears that
the rebels would use villagers as human shields to block the progress
of government forces. The government says it wants to avoid civilian
Siddhinath Gupta, who heads the security operation, said Monday troops have been helped, not hindered, by the local population.
Paramashish Roy has the details in his report from Kolkata.