Without naming the Maoists, chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday repeatedly asked people not to allow the rebels to make their presence felt in Jangalmahal again.
She also announced that a memorial would be set up in West Midnapore’s Silda in the memory of the 24 EFR jawans who were killed by the Maoists there.
Mamata also said that a community centre would be set up for the police at Silda.
Before coming to Silda, the chief minister addressed people at Barikul in Bankura.
At both places, beside inaugurating and laying the foundation of several projects, she announced a series of development projects. She also claimed that steps had been taken to boost the growth of industries in both districts and that huge investments are in the offing.
Silda made headlines throughout the country on February 15, 2010 when 24 EFR jawans were killed by the Maoists.
In addition, the rebels had also looted several sophisticated firearms and ammunition.
While addressing a rally at Silda College ground, not far from the EFR camp, she said,
“I have told the DG to set up a memorial here in the memory of the slain EFR jawans. A community centre for the police would also be set up here and an amount of Rs. 10 lakh from the MPLAD fund of Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Roy would be given for this purpose.”
Similarly, in Barikul, she announced a primary school that would be named after Prabal Sengupta, the officer-incharge of Barikul police station, who was killed by the Maoists in 2005.
At both places, the chief minister said that the government is providing jobs and ensuring the development of for mer Maoist strongholds such as Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore.
Despite the relative peace in Jangalmahal, without naming Maoists she asked people not to allow them to regroup in the area. She also asked people to protest if anyone brandishes arms.