Lalgarh (midnapore)

Location in West Bengal, India

Coordinates: 22°35′N 87°03′E / 22.58°N 87.05°E / 22.58; 87.05Coordinates: 22°35′N 87°03′E / 22.58°N 87.05°E / 22.58; 87.05

Country  India
State West Bengal
District Medinipur
 • Official BengaliEnglish
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Lalgarh is a village in Binpur–I community development block under the Jhargram subdivision of West Midnapore district in the Indian state of West Bengal. Lalgarh is the headquarters of Binpur–I CD block.[1] Midnapore Railway station is the nearest important station about 45 km from the village.

Lalgrah came under media attention at the beginning of November 2008. The guerrilla Communist Party of India (Maoist) (proscribed by the Indian state as terrorist),[2] launched a massive fight against police personnel and cadres of the ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist). In June 2009 Indian security forces launched Operation Lalgarh against the Maoists in the village.


Lalgarh is a sparsely populated place with majority of population being adivasis.


The main occupation of the people here is cultivation, share cropping and selling disposable plates made of leaves. Most people do not own land but work on others fields. The region is dry and there are but a single harvest each year. At other times people work as daily labor, collect and sell leaves and wood from forest etc. Over 75% of the households own land given to them under the Land reforms programme of the Left Front Government between the years 1977 and 2002. But income poverty exists.[3]

Operation Lalgarh

Main article: Operation Lalgarh

In November 2008, following reports of police brutality, enraged advasi villagers blockaded roads and protested against the police and paramilitary forces in the area.[4] The government maintained the movement was being controlled by Maoist guerrilla agents.[4] The Maoists controlled the village and the surrounding area for eight months until Operation Lalgarh was launched to dislodge them on June 18, 2009.[5]


External links

  • Report on Lalgarh by Praveen Swami
  • An English subtitled documentary on the Lalgarh movement
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