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Bengal To Intensify Anti-Maoist Operations: Mamata

Kolkata, Nov 15 : With suspected Maoists gunning down two Trinamool workers in Purulia district, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday dismissed the Maoist letter on their ceasefire withdrawal and said joint-operations would

PTI [ Updated: November 15, 2011 7:29 IST ]
bengal to intensify anti maoist operations mamata
bengal to intensify anti maoist operations mamata

Kolkata, Nov 15 : With suspected Maoists gunning down two Trinamool workers in Purulia district, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday dismissed the Maoist letter on their ceasefire withdrawal and said joint-operations would be intensified against the ultras.


“Murderers would not be spared. We will surmount the Maoists and snatch their guns. Joint operations would begin.  My government has given them five-month time (by suspending the joint operations),” Banerjee told a regional news channel condemning the killing of two party workers at Balarampur this evening.

“We do not want to give importance to such a letter. I thought they (Maoists) would tread the democratic path. We do not know who they are. Can you recognise the men who move with their faces covered in black clothes? Who are this Akash (the state secretary of CPI (Maoist) or Batash?” she pointed.  Her comment came as the Maoist state secretary in a letter to one of the government-appointed interlocutors said, “As there was no official communication to our letter and demands either from you or the government, so the tenure of the agreement ends.”

The letter, written on October 31, came just a month after an agreement was signed between Maoists and interlocutors. The two sides had agreed to maintain ceasefire, provided the government suspend the joint forces' operation for a month.

The killing of the two Trinamool Congress workers came two days after Banerjee addressed a rally at Balarampur in the Maoist-hit Purulia district.

She described the Maoists as “terrorists, murderers, jungle mafia and supari killers”.

“I don't support those who believe in the politics of murder...Even if they may be from Trinamool Congress, CPI(M), Congress, BJP or Maoists,” she said.

Banerjee also launched a tirade against the “Maoists sympathisers” operating from Kolkata, including “two Jadavpur University professors”.

“Those who are trying to glorify the Maoists would be arrested,” she said and cautioned the people against ‘All Bengal Students Union' and ‘Matangini Brigade' which she claimed were working at the their behest.  “They shed tear for the Maoists, why don't they shed a single drop of tear for the poor people who are being murdered? Do the latter has no right to live?” she asked.  The Centre has banned the Maoists. Action would be taken against those who would be supporting them and colluding with them, she said.

“These few people from Kolkata prepare the blueprint from the city. They are helping them with money. They will not be spared and they would be arrested. Law would take its own course,” the chief minister said. 

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