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Violence again in Talasari - The Indian Express

Express News Service ()
7 February 1997

Title : Violence again in Talasari
Author : Express News Service
Publication : The Indian Express
Date : February 7, 1997

Talasari, the predominantly tribal taluka in the Thane district of
Maharashtra, which was once a bastion of the Communist Party
Marxist (CPM), is once again tense following renewed violence.

After the violence inflicted by CPM activists on rival Bharatiya
Janata Party members on January 26, that caused the death of two
CPM activists too, on the night of February 2, 1997, the house of a
tribal belonging to the BJP was set on fire.

This information was let out by Thane district rural police late
last night.

Two activists were killed in police firing after the first armed
attack of January 26, on the Kavada village, where the Dahanu MP,
Chintaman Wanga of the BJP resides.

A number of policemen in action were injured.

Following the incident, the police bandobust was beefed up and
State Reserve Police battalions deployed in the locality.

Ale reason for the armed attacks by the CPM is the fact that the
BJP has made inroads into its bastion, that is crashing now.

Immediately after the January 26 violence, in which about 8000
tribals, mostly women, participated the Thane District Magistrate
Ujjwaal Uke, the District Superintendent of Police, K L Prasad and
DIG, Thane Range, Bhujangrao Mohite, camped at Talasari and had
returned just a couple of days ago.

The Deputy Chief Minister Gopinath Munde, who is the Home Minister
too, also visited Talasari.

In fact section 144 was clamped on the entire Talasari taluka.
Despite all this the incident of setting the house of BJP activist
Laxmi Jaitya Umbartha ablaze, has given rise to several queries.

In a related development it is learns that the local MP Chintaman
Wanga, has expressed fear of a serious threat to his life.

He has received threat calls. Two other leaders of the BJP, B M
Narvekar and Kanchan Wadu have also received such threat calls.
The BJP leaders from Thane, including Om Prakash Sharma, the Vice
President, BJP, Thane unit, expressed serious concern over the
threat to the life of Wanga.

In a memorandum to Chief Minister Manohar Joshi, Munde and State
DGP Amarjit Singh Samra, Sharma has drawn their attention towards
the growing violence by the CPM leaders.

In the memorandum, he says that he has information that criminals
from other states, like Kerala have been brought to Talasari to
liquidate Wanga and other local leaders.

In this connection he has urged the State Government to give due
protection to Wanga and put an end to the growing attacks by the

Sharma has also said that this is a serious issue that involves the
lives of tribals, especially that of the party MP.

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