Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is now facing opposition from an unexpected quarter over the recent aggressive stand of her government vis-à-vis Naxals in the state.

A group of intellectuals, who have been backing Mamata in her long drawn political battle that catapulted her to power, are now opposing the state government’s decision of not withdrawing joint forces from the naxal-infested Junglemahal area.

Some of them have also expressed unhappiness over the arrest of veteran labour leader Prafulla Chakarborty.

Magsaysay awardee Mahasweta Devi is adamant over the issue of withdrawal of forces from the Junglemahal constituting of naxal-infested West Midanapore, Purulia and Bankura districts. She said the CM should keep her poll premises.

Slamming the government for arrest of Prafulla Chakarbory, eminent artist Vibhash Chakraborty sought withdrawal of the case against the labour leader.

Anuradha Talwar, who had backed Mamata over her protest against the land accusation in Singur, has also demanded to scrap the forces from Junglemahal.

The intellectuals are of the view that the government should opt for other measures to deal with the issue instead of issuing ultimatum, which according to them would not bear any fruit.

Significantly, famous personalities like poet Jai Goswami, painter Shubha Prasanna, theater and film artists like Sonali Mitra, Aparna Sen had extended supports to Mamata in the last Assembly elections.

JPN/Bureau