Trouble started (Nov.2,2008) when two union ministers and chief minister of Bengal, Buddhadev Bhattacharya narrowly escaped from an explosion.Investigations by the police revealed that the Lalgarh squad of the Maoists were behind the attack .Three of the six people arrested in connection with the Lalgarh blast in West Midnapore District were school going boys.On Nov.9,a tribal outfit had set a series of conditions against the arrests of ‘innocent villagers’ to the District administration.Local people cutoff 25 out of 100 villages in Lalgarh,disconnecting them from the rest of the district.They also cut off the last road connecting Lalgarh to the rest of the state.Maoists threatened an armed resistance in the area.On Nov.14,Pulishi Santrash Birodhi Jonosadharoner Committee(Committee to protest against Police atrocities) a new outfit was formed.Inaction of Police helped to spread out the violence and anarchy.Maoists backed PSBJC also boycotted the general election in Lalgarh areas.
Paramilitary forces led by Bengal police started offensive against Maoists on thursday(June 18) in Lalgarh.Marxist government of Bengal try to take back Maoist-controlled Lalgarh and surrounding areas.Large number of Paramilitary forces led by Bengal police.Central Reserve Police Force(CRPF)’s COBRA unit specilizes in jungle warfare are also involved in this operation.
In 2008,the Loksabha (House of the people) passed the twin terror bill.National Investigation Bill and the Unlawful Activities(Prevention)Amendment Bill.
The salient features of the Unlawful Activities(prevention)Amendment Bill,2008:
Makes the definition includes acts done with intent to threaten or likely to threaten unity,integrity,security or sovereignty of India or in any foreign country.It also includes radioactive,nuclear or substances.Kidnappings and abductions any person to compel government to do or not to do something.Punishment would be death or life with fine,in any other case five years to life and fine,including in case of explosive substances.Courts to presume that offense has been committed if weapons found in possession or fingerprints recovered.Investigating officer vested with all powers,definition of cash extended to included ATM,debit cards.Charge sheet in 180 days.But court can restrict it to 90 days.No bail for foreign nationals,barring exceptional reasons.