PWD minister’s take on Silda: Who vouches attackers were Maoists?

On a day when Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee admitted to lapses that led to an audacious Naxal attack on Silda EFR camp in West Midnapore district...

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: February 19, 2010 3:44:48 am

On a day when Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee admitted to lapses that led to an audacious Naxal attack on Silda EFR camp in West Midnapore district,his cabinet colleague and PWD Minister Ksihiti Goswami on Thursday expressed doubts whether the attack was carried out by Maoists at all. Goswami is a senior leader of the RSP,which is a major constituent of the ruling Left Front. Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee had also raised similar doubts over the attack a day after the incident.

Emerging from a meeting of the state cabinet that discussed the attack on Silda camp and the strategy to fight the Maoists,Goswami said: “It is being said the attackers were Maoists,but who will vouch for that? We are living in a world plagued by terrorism and we don’t know who is doing what. This thing should be thoroughly probed and only then a conclusion can be reached.”

When reminded his statement was at odds with that of the chief minister,Goswami said he was speaking his heart. “I told you what I thought about the attack.”

Asked about Mamata’s identical remarks,the minister said: “I am not concerned with what she had said. I can only say about my own views.”

He said,at today’s Cabinet meet,ministers were not allowed by the CM to raise the issue of follow-up action taken by the government after the meeting of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram in Kolkata on February 9.

“The chief minister said he himself was handling the issue and he did not want to raise it in the Cabinet. He also did not want to say anything on the Silda attack,” Goswami said.

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