Kolkata: Accusing opposition Trinamool
Congress of having links with Maoists, West Bengal Chief
Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today slammed it for
demanding a halt to joint operations against ultras.
Replying to questions in the state Assembly, the Chief
Minister said by repeatedly raising such demands, they (TC)
want Maoists to spread throughout West Bengal.
Describing the demand as unjust, he mentioned that 35
companies of Central forces were deployed in the state for
joint operations against Maoists. "What will be the result
if they are withdrawn," Bhattacharjee asked.
However, Leader of the Opposition Partha Chatterjee
insisted that Trinamool was right in raising the demand.
The Chief Minister challenged him to deny links with the
Maoists-backed People`s Committee Against Police Atrocities
headed by Chhatradhar Mahato, who has been under arrest since
Protesting against Bhattacharjee`s remark, TC members
staged a walkout in the House.
Bhattacharjee hoped that the Centre does not give
importance to their demand.
TC Chief Mamata Banerjee had yesterday appealed to the
Centre to halt anti-Maoist operations by the joint forces in
the state and said that she would meet Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh in this regard.
Dubbing the Maoist problem as a country-wide phenomenon,
the Chief Minister said the joint operation was successful in
restricting Maoists activities in the fringe areas of three
districts -- Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore.
The joint forces were also successful in establishing
area domination, he said, adding 379 people were arrested this
year for having links with Maoists.