“The Maoists, led by Kishenji, were given three days time to capitulate, but they did not listen to the call by the Joint Forces,” Banerjee has said at a campaign rally for Kolkata South Lok Sabha constituency. “The Maoists, led by Kishenji, fired 1000 rounds. The Joint Forces had no other substitute but to counter it to save lives of hundreds of innocent villagers,” Banerjee has told.
The Maoists under Kishenji’s leadership had assembled there to plan a major attack on targets which even included a metro railway station. “Would you have secured the government if it remained silent after Maoist attack?” she had asked the listeners. However, Banerjee has told that the state government has controlled a probe into the incident which claimed Kishenji’s life.
“I asked the Maoists to surrender and return to the conventional, but they did not listen to the government’s appeal. Terrorist activity was being planned to de-stabilize my government which I can’t allow to happen,” she has said.
“Such plans had also been hatched in 1984, 1987, 1990 and 1995 to claim my head;” Banerjee has further added, “I don’t inconvenience. I want to live bravely.” Criticizing those shouting for human rights, Banerjee has expressed surprise, asking ‘where were these people and human rights organizations when innocent people were being killed by the Maoists?’
“Don’t teach me human rights. I am more conscious of human rights than those raising this question now,” Banerjee has stated. Saying that she has first learnt about Kishenji’s death from the media while she was in New Delhi, she has told, “I am still in favor of peace. The Maoists should admit defeat and return to the mainstream to strengthen the government’s peace process.”
The chief minister has reminded the audience at the rally how her government had restored peace and democracy in the Darjeeling hills and Dooars.
She took a swipe at the rights organizations which, she said, were silent on issues like Bhikhari Paswan, contaminated oil at Behala, killing of innocent people by the Maoists one after another at Jangalmahal and killing of workers of Trinamool Congress and other parties.
She has also criticized their silence on other issues like the killing of intelligence officer Partha Biswas and his teacher friend Soumyajit Basu. “How many processions were prearranged and protests rose then by the rights organizations?” she has questioned.
“Any death is throbbing to me particularly when people are being killed by other people”, she said. She has also criticized the CPI (M) without naming it, saying the erstwhile Left Front government had disastrous to take any measure to contain Maoist violence in Jangalmahal.
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