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.”
“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.