Burdwan (WB), Jan 10 (Agencies): Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Monday claimed the bullets used by suspected CPI-M cadre in the January 7 Lalgarh firing incident, which left seven villagers dead, were same as those used by police.

"The police are supplying bullets to CPI-M cadre. The bullets used by the cadre to kill innocent people in Netai village are same as the bullets used by police," Banerjee told a public meeting at Nawabnagar area of Bhattar in Burdwan district over phone from Kolkata.

She was to attend the meeting but could not do so.

Banerjee alleged that the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government in West Bengal was using central funds to purchase arms and ammunition for its cadre for unleashing violence in the state.

Total lawlessness prevailed in the state and every day somebody was being killed by CPI-M cadre, Banerjee said.

Trinamool Congress leader and Union minister Saugata Roy claimed that Chief Minister Bhattacharjee was deliberately avoiding going to Delhi after the firing though asked by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram to do so immediately.

Bhattacharjee should not forget that the Centre could impose President's rule under Article 356 in the state, Roy said.

During arguments on the sentence, Defence Counsel M S Khan sought leniency on the ground that the convict was an old man and some of his family members had been killed in terrorist violence in Jammu and Kashmir.

The counsel also submitted that Khan had already been imposed a fine of Rs 15 lakh under the FEMA (Foreign Exchange Management Act) in a separate proceedings.

The Special Public Prosecutor, on the other hand, sought maximum punishment for the convict, saying the menace of terrorism has to be dealt with a heavy hand.

The court had on January four convicted Khan under the Prevention of Terrorism Act after taking into account his confessional statement, besides the statement of prosecution witnesses.