Friday, July 10, 2009

MLAs warned against contact with Maoists

Statesman News Service

KOLKATA, 9 July: The chief minister, Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today iterated in the state Assembly that Police Santrash Birodhi Peoples’ Committee and the Trinamul Congress have links with the Maoists and appealed to the members of parties present in the House not to have any contact with the Maoists as the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act has stringent provisions.
However, Mr Bhattacharjee had stated in the Assembly last week that Mr Chhatradhar Mahato, chief of PSBPC was not a Maoist, though the committee itself is a frontal organisation of CPI-Maoists.
He said: “We have come to know from this joint action committee's raid that Maoists were involved with Trinamul in Nandigram and Khejuri.”
The chief minister's remark drew sharp reactions from Trinamul members who protested against his charge. Mr Sadhan Pandey of the Trinamul dared him to prove his claim before making uninformed allegations. Mr Bhattacharjee immediately accepted the challenge and asked him to meet him in his chamber where he would play recorded statements made by PSBPC activists stating Trinamul’s link with the Maoists. Mr Pandey countered the chief minister by saying that he would not go to his chamber alone but it is necessary that the other members of the House would also hear the tape.
The exchanges between the chief minister and the Trinamul members continued when Mr Pundarikakshya Saha of the Trinamul asked the chief minister how many of 323 arrested persons since 2005 were actually Maoists?
Mr Bhattacharjee challenged Mr Saha to mention some specific names who were arrested without being Maoists.
“I'm suggesting you to get those names in any day during the current Assembly session,” the chief minister said.
Soon after, Leader of the Opposition, Mr Partha Chatterjee, entered the House and mentioned two names ~ Ranjit Saha and Raju Bauri of Rajnagar in Birbhum ~ and told the chief minister that two persons have been arrested under UAPA ~ even though they were not even remotely connected with the Maoists.
The chief minister replied that he could not say anything about these two persons but assured him he would check the records and if possible would give him details later in the day.
During his reply in the budget session, he said that they were arrested in Arms Act case and murder case.
The chief minister said 39 Maoists were arrested during joint raid of which 30 alone arrested from West Midnapore.
Answering to a question of Mr Ashutosh Mukherjee, CPI-M member, the chief minister said that 54 people including 16 police personnel, 31 political activists and seven citizens were killed since 2006.
He said family members of the deceased police personnel will get a compensation as per government rule, respective political parties will have to take care of the families of political activists who were killed. He also said that apart from West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia, Maoists activities have been traced in districts of Nadia, Murshidabad, Burdwan, Birbhum and Malda.
While replying to RSP member, Md Refatullah, the chief minister said, “Central force and state armed police have set up Maoists prevention camps and special departments have started in state CID and Intelligence Branch to get correct informations about the Maoists.

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