WB: Trinamool to launch an agitation against Maoists

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Kolkata, Jul 7: The Trinamool Congress in West Bengal has now taken up a crucial decision to agitate against the Maoists in three districts. The party is planning to hold up public meetings in Naxal-zones West Midnapore, Bankura, Purulia to beat up support against terror and for development initiatives. The first meeting was held in Bandhgora in West Midnapore on June 28. Meetings would be held in Chandri on Saturday, Jul 9 and Silda on Thursday, Jul 14. Both are maoist hotspots in the district.

According to sources, the Trinamool party workers fear maoists in various areas, including Sapdhora, Chandri, Jamboni, Belpahari and Binpur. Many have fled the villages over the past few weeks."Chief minister Mamata Banerjee is for development in the Maoist-dominated areas and those who oppose it will have to face the wrath of the government," said Suvendu Adhikary, parliamentarian from Tamluk and the party in-charge in the area. "We will resist any sort of armed terror."

The state government is militarizing the anti-Naxal security forces with deadly assault weapons, like the German submachine gun MP5 (Maschinenpistole 5 by Heckler & Koch). This is a lighter gun and has a superior firepower than the AK-47 and AK-56 assault rifles that the maoists use.

The MP5 can fire 900 rounds per minute — 50% higher than the 600 rounds per minute of an AK-47. The Government presently is reluctant to speak about the anti-Maoist operation but, it is believed that the government might launch an offensive any time. "We are just waiting for the political nod," said a home department official.

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