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Misconceptions on Lalgarh

The article “Is Lalgarh Showing the Way?” (9 January 2010) by Amit Bhattacharyya claims “new models of development” have been undertaken in the Jangalmahal of three districts, viz, Paschim Medinipur, Bankura and Purulia by the Maoists and their committees. These so-called alternative programmes of the Maoists as narrated by the author do not exist in the entire Jangalmahal and even in Lalgarh.

For instance, the author says that “the (Janaganer) committee took the initiative to set up mini tube wells and install submersible pumps”. Further he has said that “the committee took the initiative to set up health centres at Kantapahari, Belpahari and Chakadoba with an ambulance van and a team of doctors from Kolkata”. This is far from the truth. The fact is that the Maoists and the Trinamool Congress combine had at one time forcibly occupied the Kantapahari government health centre building. To divert the attention of the people they had organised a health camp for a few days.

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