"The Maoists, led by Kishenji, were given three days time to surrender, but they did not listen to the call by the Joint Forces," Banerjee 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 alternative but to counter it to save lives of hundreds of innocent villagers," Banerjee said.
The Maoists under Kishenji's leadership had gathered there to plan a major attack on targets which even included a metro railway station. "Would you have spared the government if it remained silent after Maoist attack?" she asked the listeners.
However, the state government has ordered a probe into the incident which claimed Kishenji's life, Banerjee said. "I asked the Maoists to surrender and return to the mainstream, but they did not listen to the government's appeal.
Terrorist activity was being planned to destabilise my government which I can't allow to happen," she said. "Such plans had also been hatched in 1984, 1987, 1990 and 1995 to claim my head," Banerjee said adding "I don't bother. I want to live bravely." Criticising those shouting for human rights, Banerjee expressed surprise, asking 'where were these people and human rights organisations when innocent people were being killed by the Maoists?' "Don't teach me human rights. I am more aware of human rights than those raising this question now," Banerjee said.