Maoist attack: PC accepts failure in WB
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 00:35
New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday accepted there were "indications of failure" in some aspects that led to the attack on the police camp in West Bengal and also questioned the silence of Naxal sympathisers and intellectuals.

He condemned as outrageous the biggest ever attack by Maoists in West Bengal.

"While there are indications of failure in some aspects, only a thorough review will reveal how the police camp with adequate strength was overrun, when there was day light, by the CPI (Maoist)," he said in a statement here.

The Home Minister, who spoke to West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, said the attack is "another outrageous attempt by the banned organisation to overawe the established authority in the State."

"Every attack of this kind exposes the true nature and character of the CPI(Maoist). Their goal is to seize power. Their weapon is violence. No organisation or group in a democratic republic has the right to take to violence to overpower the established legal authority," he said, criticising a number of "well meaning organisation" that find "legitimacy" in the armed struggle by CPI (Maoists).

Chidambaram said "unfortunately" this simple truth has escaped a number of well-meaning organisations that find "legitimacy" in the armed liberation struggle carried on by the CPI (Maoist).

"I know that the overwhelming majority in this country will condemn the mindless violence unleashed by the CPI (Maoist) and will support the careful, controlled and calibrated efforts being taken by the Central and State Governments to put an end to the violence.

Chidambaram said he would however like to hear the "voices of condemnation of those who have, erroneously, extended intellectual and material support to the CPI (Maoist)."


First Published: Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 00:35

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