TMC government killed Maoist Kishenji: Mamata’s nephew

Abhishek, who is Mamata’s nephew, was speaking at a public meeting in Belpahari in West Midnapore — the heart of Junglemahal region that was once Maoist-dominated.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Updated: July 18, 2015 3:14 pm
Trinamool Congress, Abhishek Banerjee, TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee, Mamata Banerjee, Maoist leader Kishenji, Abhishek Kishenji, India latest news Abhishek Banerjee. (Source: Express Photo by Subham Dutta)

Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee on Friday said it was the Mamata Banerjee government that killed top Maoist leader Kishenji in 2011 — creating a flutter in political circles in West Bengal. “It proved that only the people will have the last word,” he said.

Abhishek, who is Mamata’s nephew, was speaking at a public meeting in Belpahari in West Midnapore — the heart of Junglemahal region that was once Maoist-dominated.

“The people of this region were confused. People were afraid to venture out of their houses. They used to fall victims to Maoist terror. Day after day, the newspapers reported Maoist terror. There was only procession of deaths,” he said. “But in the past four years only one person had been murdered. His name — leader of the Maoists Kishenji.”

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“The Mamata Banerjee government killed him and proved that the people will have the last word in the days to come. If people want development, if people want to take up arms, that should be done for the welfare of the state. For the interest of the people, not for the interest of terror,” he said.

After Kishenji was shot dead in after a “gunfight” on November 24, 2011, soon after Mamata took charge as chief minister, there were allegations that the Maoist leader was killed in a “staged encounter”. Incidentally, the Maoists and ultra-Left forces had been an important constituent in Mamata’s rise to power in the state.

Abhishek’s remarks played on local TV channels through the day, creating a furore in the political circles here. Trinamool secretary general Partha Chatterjee said he would be able to comment on the remarks only after speaking to Abhishek personally.

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    Uma Dasgupta
    Jul 18, 2015 at 10:03 am
    We have a very serious case of foot in mouth disease here. Just a few weeks back this aspiring leader talked about TMC's power to tear off tongues, much to the embarrment of his party. But I consider this case more serious. When our forces and others are being ambushed regularly in other states , West Bengal ,described as killing field by Chidambaram, has remained largely violence free from 2012. No, it is not because Kishenji is not there, many maoist leaders have died in Chattishgarh and Jharkhand too. It is because of the steps taken by Mamata to ensure that nobody remains without food in JangalMahal, her efforts to provide some kind of employment, to create educational facilities. When Mamata visited Lalgarh last time the people asked for a school, not food. As Mao Tse Tung said , Guerrilas survive within people, like fish in water. In WB, they do not get that support, thanks to the policies of the present Government . It is a unique phenomenon pundits agree or not. Ascribing it to a "killing" is unpardonable. A person can be trained to become an engineer or Doctor, but not a poet or a political leader, they are born, not made. Abhisek’s mentor should know that, she is both.
    1. Aneeb PA
      Jul 18, 2015 at 6:59 am
      Dont worry. Maoists will repay their blood debts