WB govt should ban Maoist activities : Mamata

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Barasat, Nov 20 (UNI) Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee today demanded that the CPI(M)-led Left Front government should ban the Maoist activities in the state and averred that under no circumstances, the tribals of Lalgarh could be subjected to police ''excess''.

Addressing a party rally here, she strongly criticised the role of a section of police officers, who had been ''patronising'' the CPI(M).

''Police should perform their duties abiding by the oath of office they took at the time of joining the public services,'' she opined.

She virtually indicated that a police revolt was on the cards as several policemen were frustrated with the CPI(M)-led governance, citing the example of senior police officer, who resigned recently.

The rally was organised by the Trinamool Congress in North 24 Parganas to protest the ''lawlessness and police inaction'' against criminal activities.

The rally was also addressed by PDF leader Samir Putatundu, Progressive Indira Congress leader Jyotirmay Bhattacharya, West Bengal Trinamool Congress chief Subrata Bakshi, All India Trinamool Congress General Secretary Mukul Roy and MLAs Sougata Roy and Jyotipriya Mallik.

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