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Why Lalgarh is burning

June 19, 2009 21:33 IST

Why Lalgarh is burning...

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It's been four days since pro-Naxal tribals took control of Lalgarh in West Midnapur district of West Bengal after forcing security forces to leave the area. Even as security forces clear inch by inch of the besieged Lalgarh, tribals continue to eradicate traces of Communist presence in the region. 

Rediff.com tracks the tribals' actions.

Image: Tribals vandalise and set to fire CPIM cadres' property and furniture
Video: Dipak Chakraborty
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What tribals are complaining about

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"All these years, CPI-M cadres and leaders have amassed huge wealth by exploiting us. Now it's our turn to retaliate," said one of the tribals.


Image: A pro-Maoist tribal speaks

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'They taught us violence. We are just reciprocating'

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"It's our duty to flush CPI-M men out of Lalgarh," said one of the attackers, adding, "They taught us violence. We are just reciprocating."

Image: Tribals on a burning spree

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'Let CPI-M men realise how it feels to be tortured'

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"Let the CPI-M men realise how it feels to be tortured," said one of the tribals setting fire to a local CPI-M leader's furniture at Lalgarh on June 17.


Image: Lalgarh burns...

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'Lalgarh is ours'

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"Lalgarh is ours, the CPM-sponsored goons have no place here," say the tribals.

Image: Dismantling traces of Red

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An axe against the sickle

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A tribal vandalises the house of a local CPI-M leader at Lalgarh on Wednesday, June 17.

The man, in his early 40s, later poses for the camera with the axe that he uses to destroy the building.


Image: All that's needed is an exe

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A call for another revolution

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After arson, tribals shout slogans against the CPI-M and urge their fellow tribals to carry on the movement at Lalgarh successfully.

Image: Pro-Maoist tribals shout slogans against the CPI-M

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