Maoist attack: BJP ridicules PC`s claim, Trinamool seeks probe
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 21:22
New Delhi: In the wake of the attack on a police camp in West Bengal, Opposition BJP today sought to ridicule Home Minister P Chidambaram's claim of having a grasp on the Naxal issue while Trinamool Congress wanted a central probe to establish who carried out the killings.

Congress, meanwhile, put the onus on the Left government in West Bengal saying it should have been more vigilant even as CPI-M asked the Centre to launch a joint operation across the Bengal-Jharkhand border without delay to flush out Left extremists who were unleashing "vicious violence".

Refusing to believe that Maoists were behind the yesterday's attack in Silda, Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee said, "It was a shocking incident and we condemn it. The Centre should probe into it to find out the culprits behind the incident."

When it was pointed out that Maoist leader Kishenji has claimed responsibility for the attack on police camp, she countered, "Who said so? I do not know who these people are. There should be an investigation by the Centre to unveil the truth."

BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said the Maoist attack was a "blow" to Chidambaram, whom he alleged of "tom-tomming his policies and his grasp on the subject of Naxalism".

"However at the same time he has failed to take any concrete action on ground and has not sought cooperation from states," he said.

Rudy said that instead of taking concrete action, "The home minister has repeatedly been making loud insinuations. The government meanwhile has been a lame duck to such attacks and seems to have no answer to internal as well as external attacks (referring to Pune blast)".

The BJP leader further said, "arrogance is not a strategy to fight and contain Naxalism. The country is under attack internally and externally and what happened in Pune was a complete intelligence failure."

Congress spokesperson Shakeel Ahmad said the state government should have been "more vigilant". Another party spokesperson Manish Tewari also refused to accept that the incident points to any failure of internal security mechanism.

"The Maoists attacks in West Bengal and in Jharkhand are condemnable. But they have not happened due to any slackness in internal security," Tewari said, adding that these incidents have only strengthened the government's resolve to defeat such forces.

He also dismissed the opposition charges that the UPA ally Trinamool Congress is soft on Naxals saying nobody can condone such acts.

Condemning the attack, CPI-M Politburo said, "There is necessity for better coordination between the state police and the central paramilitary forces. The Central government should ensure that joint operations begin across the border in Jharkhand, without delay."


First Published: Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 21:22

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