Kolkata: In order to put a check on Maoists activities, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee may slap the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) against the extremists.

Earlier the Left Front government had implemented the UAPA under which several Maoists leaders and their supporters including Police Santrash Birodhi Janasadharaner Committee leader Chhatradhar Mahato were arrested.

Later the UAPA was revoked after Mamata came to power in April. No action has been taken against the arrested Maoists under the UAPA during the last six months.

But the CM allowed the Joint forces to act against Maoists who were allegedly involved in the killing of several Trinamool Congress and Left Front leaders in past few months.

Addressing a press conference organized by the human rights group Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR) Mamata said, “The UAPA provides for action against those who are working for the Maoists. The Maoists outfits may also be banned.”

In the Left Front regime, Mamata had appealed to the Centre to ban the Maoist organizations.

The political observers said if the Maoists do not surrender their arms, Mamata may ban the Communist Party of India (Maoist).

JPN/Bureau