Two Days Bandh have been called by Maoists in Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal on April 26th and 27th. They demand a court appearance for six of their detained leaders.
The Maoist situation in Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal has hit a new low after the recent killings of 75 army personnel in Dantewada. Govt’s ineptitude to tackle the menace is now clearly out in the open, and when Maoists start making bold demands without any intervention from the Govt, one understands how serious the Govt really is to tackle the menace.
The Bandh in three states is sure to disrupt normal life. The worst fact is that maoists tend to attack trains and railway routes, as was apparent in the recent attack on Rajdhani Express. Hence several trains have been diverted. Palamau Express, Ranchi-New Delhi Garibrath and five local passengers were cancelled while The Howrah-Jabalpur Express, Jammu-Tavi Express and Ranchi-Ajmer Express were diverted via Rajbera-Gomo-Mughalsarai.
Meanwhile, Govt has come out with another plan to curb the maoist menace. Under the Special Assistance Scheme, it has sanctioned Rs. 95.61 crore to states suffering from the maoists. A first instalment of Rs. 30 crore has already been released. As is quite obvious, expect to see the top brass of protection team buying a few mansions soon. 30 crore may not be too much, but stillit will secure happy life for atleast 100 among them. As for the maoists, Congress Govt will come out with another scheme once the 95.61 crore are over. So, stay tuned for the next scheme.