Left can fully tackle Maoists: Tripura chief minister


Agartala : Maoist violence and the ensuing tension in West Bengal should be dealt with administratively, ideologically and politically, said Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, who is also a senior Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader.

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“The Left movements in Bengal and across the country are matured enough and have full strength to tackle the Maoist hostility and associated enmity in Bengal,” Sarkar told newsmen here Thursday before leaving for New Delhi for a CPI-M politburo meeting.

During the past few weeks alleged armed Masoist gangs have killed and injured several CPI-M activists and unleashed a reign of terror in the Lalgarh area of West Midnapore district in West Bengal.

Party offices and houses of CPI-M workers have been attacked by the Maoists and their associates in tribal dominated Lalgarh.

“West Bengal has been in constant touch with the centre and the union home ministry has been sending paramilitary forces to deal with the situation,” said Sarkar.

“We are hopeful that the democratically conscious people of West Bengal would come forward to defeat the menace,” he said.

Tripura’s ruling CPI-M has also organised a number of demonstrations across the state to protest the violence “by Maoists and opposition parties, specially the Trinamool Congress”, in West Bengal.

“The Maoists are using poor tribals as human shields to further their goals,” the CPI-M said in a statement.

The three-day CPI-M politburo and central committee meetings begin in New Delhi Friday to discuss the results of the Lok Sabha elections and prevailing issues.