Kolkata: The Intelligence Bureau (IB) on Friday issued a warning that Maoist rebels active in West Bengal are planning to eliminate Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee along with twelve of her cabinet ministers.
The IB has issued an alert to the West Bengal government in this regard an asked to tighten the security cover for the Trinamool chief and her prominent ministers.
The warning from the IB holds significance as over a dozen pamphlets declaring Naxals’ plan to kill Mamata was recovered yesterday from the office of state’s food & civil supplies minister.
The IB warning comes days after the Chief Minister asked the security forces to intensify anti-Maoist operation in the Jangalmahal and other Naxal-infested areas of West Bengal.
Mamata recently announced that the joint forces operation against the Maoists will begin soon and those who support them will also be arrested.
West Bengal chief minister’s announcement came after the ultras called off the ceasefire.
Putting the onus of peace talks on the West Bengal government, the Maoists in a letter to the interlocutors called off the mutual cease-fire agreed earlier.
Banerjee`s announcement of the commencement of the joint forces operation also came after two Trinamool Congress supporters were killed by the Maoists in Balrampur area of Purulia district.
Mamata, while condemning the Maoists attack, equated them as terrorists who are using women as a shield to mislead the common man.
Asserting that her government won`t adopt a sit back and watch approach to Maoist excesses, Mamata said the peace process in Maoist-hit areas will continue but violence will no longer be tolerated.
The state government has also brought back former West Midnapore SP Manoj Verma from compulsory wait to head the counter insurgency force.
The security forces recently carried out searches and raids in Purulia and West Midnapore districts and seized a huge quantity of arms, ammunition and explosive material.
Two INSAS rifles, 100 rounds of AK47 and INSAS rifle ammunition, 60 kg of explosive materials, mines, gelatine sticks and fuse wire were seized from Purnapani, an area between Salboni and Lalgarh police stations in West Midnapore district.
Interestingly, responding to Chief Minister’s call, a hardcore Maoist couple, against whom several cases of murder and violence including the deadly attack on a paramilitary camp in Silda were pending, surrendered yesterday before the police.
The wanted top Maoists--Jagari Baskey(26) and her husband Rajaram Soren(34)--were also presented before the Trinamool Congress supremo, who welcomed their decision and promised that the West Bengal government would take care of those who would surrender and eschew violence.