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West Bengal: Maoist death without medical treatment causes alert

Posted by Indian Vanguard on October 11, 2007

Maoist death causes alert

Statesman News Service
BANKURA, Oct. 10: The district is dreading retaliation from the Maoist battalion operating in Bankura after one of their comrades allegedly died without treatment because of police apathy.
The cadre, referred to SSKM by the Bankura Medical College, was allegedly left to die for more than four days.
The district has been put on high alert since intelligence officers said vengeance by the comrades of the deceased cadre could come anytime.

Banshi Singh Sardar (42), the Maoist cadre arrested from a nursing home in Bankura town died at Bankura Sammiloni Medical College and Hospital last week on 6 October.

Critically injured Banshi was rushed to the hospital on 28 September and was given a referral discharge by the hospital five days ago.

The Bankura police didn’t shift him to SSKM. The Maoist couple was injured in a motorbike accident near Barikul, the police claimed.

Banshi and his wife, Sumitra, both residents of Barikul in Khatra subdivision, were Maoists and members of the outfits’ Belpahari squad, according to police.

They had been active members of the squad since more than 10 years, Mr Rajesh Singh, SP, Bankura said. The couple, according to him was active members of Majhgeria village massacre where two CPI-M leaders and the OC of the Barikul PS were killed in respective consequences.

The couple was absconding since then.” The Maoist squad raided the Majhgeria village in Bankura-Midnapore (West) border on 9 July 2005 leaving the district police in a fix.Banshi, attended by his wife, was kept in the police ward of the hospital with the other sick accused.

Dr Prabhas Chandra Chakraborty, superintendent, BSMCH said Banshi was referred to the SSKM as his condition was deteriorating and the hospital did not have the necessary infrastructure to attend to a critically ill patients requiring neuro surgery. He had severe wound in the back of his head.

“We were surprised as to why the police was not shifting the critically ill patient to SSKM though we had discharged him,” Dr Chakraborty said.

SP, Bankura, Mr Rajesh Singh would not take responsibility for Banshi’s death. “If the hospital could have shifted him we didn’t have any objection. His death would lead to difficulty in further investigations,” he said.

The district police hasn’t paid any heed to retaliation by the Maoists out of the alleged apathy and said the security across the Maoist infested zones has already been beefed up and the police and combat forces have been asked to be assigned in the jungle corridor, during the festival seasons.


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