Lalgarh (WB): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said that the rise in terror and Maoist attacks in the country is mainly due to the Centre’ weakness’ to deal efficiently with such activities and disturbing elements.
    
Claiming that the Left-wing ultras were planning to eliminate her and other Trinamool leaders, Banerjee said that she was not afraid of such threats and vowed action Maoist sympathizers ‘sitting in Kolkata.’
        
Pointing out that terror knows no caste, creed or religion, she said, "I am shocked over the terror strike at Mahabodhi Temple, the gruesome Maoist attacks in Chhattishgarh and at Pakur in Jharkhand. It was due to Centre's weakness in taking firm steps against such attacks that these incidents are taking place increasingly."
    
"They are indulging in such activities in a planned manner. If there is weakness on the part of the Centre, it increases. The government should fight them like a tiger calf. And our jawans are giving their lives to fight them," she said.
            
Claiming that the Maoists were trying to sneak into West Bengal through its border with Odisha, Jharkhand and Bihar to create trouble in Jangalmahal, she urged the Centre to seal the border.
      
"Maoists are being brought into the state from Odisha, Jharkhand and Bihar. They are trying to regroup. But I must make it clear that violence of any kind will not be tolerated. We will not spare those who hand over guns to innocent villagers," she said.

(Agencies)

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