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Mamata blames Maoists for Nonadonga protests

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday claimed that Maoists had a hand in inciting slum dwellers of Nonadonga during a recent protest against an eviction drive and hoped that good sense would prevail upon them.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Kolkata | Published: April 28, 2012 3:48:21 am

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday claimed that Maoists had a hand in inciting slum dwellers of Nonadonga during a recent protest against an eviction drive and hoped that good sense would prevail upon them.

“Maoists had a hand in instigating slum-dwellers of Nonadonga,” Banerjee said in an indirect reference to alleged involvement of Debolina Chakraborty,leader of the Matangini Mahila Samiti dubbed a Maoist front by the police,during the protests on April 8 against the eviction at Nonadonga on the E M Bypass.

Molecular biologist Partha Sarathi Roy was also arrested for allegedly taking part in the protests and released from jail after 10 days following a public outcry.

“We have already announced that we will give them everything if they return to the mainstream,” she said.

The chief minister said that an NGO was also involved which was seeking to champion the cause of the oustees of Nonadonga.

Banerjee said that outsiders would not be allowed to grab land for the poor at Nonadanga.

“I am for the poor and will always work for them,” she said.

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