Kolkata, Dec 4 (PTI): Maoists were behind the tribal agitation at Lalgarh which has remained blockaded and cutoff from the rest of West Bengal since last month, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said today.Buddhadeb said the November two landmine blast, which he and union ministers Ram Vilas Paswan and Jitindra Prasada escaped narrowly, was triggered by maoists. Those behind the blast was Lalgarh squad of Maoists led by Sasadhar Mahato, allegedly brother of a Trinamool Congress leader, the Chief Minister told the state Assembly.
He said one maoist squad was at Lalgarh which was joined by two to three others from Jharkhand. Maoist leaders were also camping at Dalilpur in West Midnapore.Stating that maoists were behind the ongoing agitation and blockade at Lalgarh block, he said that it had resulted into price rise, shortage of kerosene oil and suffering of the students.
The administration wanted talks and was being patient, Buddhadeb said, but the venue could not be decided by the agitators as demanded by them.The chief minister, however, said police action was not the only way to counter maoists, who had to be isolated from the tribal population.The state government, he said, would also not ban maoists as demanded by the Trinamool Congress. PTI