Kolkata: Talking tough after fresh Naxal
violence in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today
said Maoists were more dangerous than terrorists and warned
that her government would not remain a mute spectator.
The Trinamool leader also hit out at the Maoists saying
they cannot talk peace and kill people.
Mamata`s warning came a day after the Maoists offered to
extend their unilateral ceasefire offer by four months if the
operation by Joint Forces was kept suspended for the same
"You cannot talk peace and kill people. We cannot sit
back and watch. We have to maintain law and order. We cannot
suck our fingers when the killings go on," she said, adding
Maoists were more dangerous than terrorists.
Mamata, however, said, "I still feel good sense will
prevail on them and they will come back to the mainstream. If
they come to the mainstream, the state government will take
responsibility. It is a duty of the government to give
protection to people."
The Chief Minister was speaking at a meeting to mourn
the killing of two Trinamool supporters by the Maoists at
Balarampur in Purulia district on Monday.
The joint security forces meanwhile stepped up anti-
Maoist operations, carrying out searches and raids in Purulia
and West Midnapore districts of junglemahal and recovered 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, police sources said.
Mamata claimed some people were helping the Maoists with
money and shelter.
"The government is keeping a watch on them," she said
and urged people to stay vigilant about their activities,
paticularly in Uttarpara in Hoogly district and activities of
students of universities like the Jadavpur University.
"I know all people are not bad, but you must keep a
watch," Banerjee said.
District superintendent of police Praveen Tripathy said
the searches followed the questioning of PCPA convenor Asit
Mahato who was arrested from Gorneta village on November 13.
Mahato, the prime accused in the Jnaneswari Express
train disaster carrying a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh on his
head, was arrested following information provided by five
Yesterday, 200 rounds of ammunition, 13 countrymade
rifles and 85 kg of explosive powder were seized from
Berabagdorha in Kotwali police station area by the joint
forces in the same district, police sources said.
In Purulia district, the joint forces under
newly-sppointed Superintendent of Police, Counter Insurgency
Forces, Manoj Verma, were searching for the Ayodhya squad of
the Maoists who killed two Trinamool Congressmen Ajit Singh
Sardar and his son Baku Singh Sardar at Ghatbera on Monday
night, while two ultras were killed in a subsequent encounter.
Searches were made at Balarampur, Arsa, Bagmundi and
Bandwan police station areas, the sources said.