Kolkata: The killing of Jharkhand Janmukti Morcha leader Babu Bose, allegedly by the Maoists, in Jangalmahal has forced West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to change her stated ideological stand on Naxalism.

Terming the Maoists as ‘mafia’, Mamata on Monday warned that the police would not remain spectators if ‘mindless killings’ continued while expressing apprehensions of threat to her own life and other senior Trinamool Congress leaders.

“The Union Minister of State for Shipping, Mukul Roy, Srikant Mahato and I are under threat from Maoists,” Mamata said.

“Some Maoists were spotted roaming around my house,” added Mamata, who had constituted a committee of interlocutors soon after taking over as the Chief Minister to hold peace talks with the Maoists in Jangalmahal area including West Midnapore, Purulia and Bardhaman districts.

Mamata till now has been approaching the menace as a result of a ‘special political philosophy’. However, it seems the Trinamool supremo has decided to change her approach while dealing with the red ultras.

“I have told the police ‘you don’t have to wait for my instructions to establish law and order in Junglemahal” said the Chief Minister.
After Bose’s murder, she had spoken to Sujato Bhadra, one of the interlocutors her government has appointed to talk to the Maoists.

JPN/Bureau