Maoists will be punished: Buddhadeb

Stating that Maoists were perpetrating wrong, the CM said his party would tackle them ideologically.

india Updated: Apr 13, 2006 21:56 IST

Spelling out a tough stand against Maoist violence in the state, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Thursday said Naxalites would be punished for their crimes.

"Their philosophy is to kill the police, blow up railway tracks. What have they done for the poor? We will never allow them to raise their heads in the state," Bhattacharjee told an election meeting in Maoist-hit Bankura district.

In an obvious reference to the killing of CPI-M leader Rabindra Nath Kar at Bandwan in December end, he said Maoists would be punished for it.

Stating that the Maoists were perpetrating wrong, Bhattacharjee said his party would tackle them ideologically.

The Chief Minister on Wednesday told reporters in Kolkata that his government would firmly deal with Maoists who had imported a distorted ideology.

"If they (Maoists) take up arms, we cannot follow the policy of non-violence. At the same time, we have to work for socio-economic development in backward areas where the Maoists are trying to penetrate taking advantage of poverty," he had said.

First Published: Apr 13, 2006 20:37 IST