"The joint forces are firing on the People's Committee against Police Atrocities. As per reports, at least two persons have died. We demand immediate cessation of the firing or we cannot guarantee the security of the drivers and the security of the passengers," Kishenji told PTI over phone.
The firing broke out at a place between Manikpara and Jhargram after the joint forces, comprising central security forces and the police, rushed to the spot.
The two drivers K Anantha Rao and K J Rao were abducted from the train at Banstala for which PCPA claimed responsibility. Kishenji claimed PCPA supporters were angry at the firing and it would be difficult to control them.
"Bandh is a democratic right. Why have the security forces opened fire when PCPA has called a bandh? The government will have to stop the firing or else I cannot guarantee the security either of the passengers or drivers," Kishenji said.