Comrades it is believed this raid was lead by none other that
Comrade Sabitha Kumari,the very mention of the name
strikes fear in the hearts and minds of the Khaki Rakshashas,
She is immensely respected and loved by the masses.
She has already become a legend and part of folklore
in and around the areas where she operates, with the people
constantly exchanging stories of her exploits and courage.
You can read more about her background here
Woman leads raid, jawans cower and hide in their camps
“For two hours they fired at the camp challenging the (India Reserve Battalion) jawans in Hindi to come out and fight. Not a soul dared to come out. Even the sentries positioned behind sandbags scurried inside,”
Chhurimara (Belpahari), Nov. 23: A band of 70 Maoists led by a “tall young woman” sabotaged a showpiece road scheme at a West Midnapore village in Bengal today as paramilitary jawans cowered inside their camp just yards away.
The squad — the largest seen in any guerrilla operation in Bengal — torched eight trucks and pay-loaders serving a Prime Minister's Gram Sadak Yojana project that would have given security forces better access to Maoist hubs.
Some 25 women were part of the group that arrived in pre-dawn darkness and split into two. One surrounded the police camp at Chhurimara, about 250 km from Calcutta, and the other advanced to the project labourers' huts in the village’s Santhalpara locality.
“For two hours they fired at the camp challenging the (India Reserve Battalion) jawans in Hindi to come out and fight. Not a soul dared come out. Even the sentries positioned behind sandbags scurried inside,” said labourer Priyanath Hansda.
At Santhalpara, Mailo Soren clearly saw “a tall and lean woman with cropped hair giving orders to her comrades in Bengali and Hindi”.
“We suspect the leader was Sabita Kumari, a girl in her early twenties from Jharkhand who was trained in Maoist camps in Andhra Pradesh,” a police officer said.
Soren said the rebels, dressed in army fatigues, shook the labourers awake and assembled them on the roadside where barrels of diesel were stored for the trucks and pay-loaders. “They ordered us to empty the barrels on the vehicles and set fire to them.”
As they disappeared into the sal and mohua forests, the guerrillas took away a motorcycle.
An officer said the Maoists wanted to stop the road construction. “The guerrillas use a forest corridor to travel to and from Jharkhand. It’s close to the state borders in Purulia, Jharkhand and West Midnapore. If good roads are built, the forces can step up vigil.”
A shivering Duryodhan De, construction supervisor, said, “I will not stay here a minute longer. There is no question of continuing with the road construction.”
The owner of the construction company, Sunil Rana, was equally frightened. “How can I work under such conditions?”
District police chief R. Rajsekharan said a landmine attached with a 50-foot wire had been found.
Taking no chances, the police would guard it till bomb experts arrived from Calcutta tomorrow morning.