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We'll decide how to enforce Centre's Maoist ban: Buddhadeb

The West Bengal Govt said the Centre's decision to extend the ban on the CPI-Maoists under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act was also applicable to the state. "This act is applicable in the whole country. Thus, it is applicable in West Bengal," CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said after a cabinet meeting. However, he said it was up to the state Govt to decide how it would implement the ban. See map | 10 deadliest Naxal attacks in the past
IANS | By HT Correspondent, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2009 07:21 PM IST

The West Bengal government on Tuesday said the Central Government's decision to extend the ban on the Communist Party of India-Maoists under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act was also applicable to the state.

"This act is applicable in the whole country. Thus, it is applicable in West Bengal," Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee told reporters at the state secretariat after a cabinet meeting.

However, he said it was up to the state government to decide how it would implement the ban.

"It is up to us (state government) to decide how far we can go. Whom to arrest... this is our business," Bhatacharjee said.

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram notified the ban on Monday saying: "It (CPI-Maoist) was always a terror organisation and today an ambiguity has been removed that it is a terror organisation."

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