Jhargram (WB): Calling upon the people in
the Maoist-hit Jangalmahal not to get scared, West Bengal
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today asked them to help her
government carry out development work in the area, as
four Maoists surrendered in her presence.
"I am not scared of anyone. I have come to this
position through continuous struggle. I am always with the
poor. I am here. If anyone wants to kill me, he can shoot me.
I am not afraid," she said daring the Maoists in their
In an obvious reference to previous Left Front
government, Banerjee said, "No Chief Minister or minister had
spent night in Jangalmahal after the Maoist menace. I have
visited Jangalmahal four times in seven months. I have spent
a night here. I wanted to see with my own eyes the
prevailing situation as well as the beauty of the place".
She urged the villagers to cooperate with the process
of development initiated by her government and maintain peace.
She was speaking at the concluding programme of Youth festival
on the occasion of birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
Four Maoists surrendered before the chief minister on
Those who surrendered were Lambodar Majhi, Karan
Kaibarta of Baghmundi in Purulia, Bhajahari Mahato and Sukhdev
The Chief Minister also gave rehabilitation package
offered by the state government to 11 Maoists who had
surrendered earlier. They included Rajaram Soren, Jagari Baske
besides, Durjodhan Rajowar, Aatreyi Sahis, Rabi Mandi, Malini
Hansda, Baburam Murmu, Rabi Mandi, Dhiren Soren, Laxmi Mandi
and Prakash Acharya.
Taking a dig at the CPI(M), Banerjee said, "Those who
had not done anything for the development of the region or the
state are now busy in spreading canards against our government
out of jealousy."