Return to the mainstream: Mamata to Maoists

Last Updated: Wed, Aug 15, 2012 07:47 hrs
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Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today asked the Maoists to return to the mainstream and assured the rebels that the state government would make all arrangements for their rehabilitation.

"Maoists should return to the mainstream of life and our government will make all arrangements for their rehabilitation, including jobs," Mamata said in her Independence Day address.

Dwelling on the overall success her government has achieved in the last one year and three months of coming to power, the CM said she is committed to restore the lost glory of Bengal for which they have already adapted several schemes to ensure economic prosperity and industrial development.

Claiming that law and order was well under control in her regime, Banerjee, who also looks after the Home department, warned the administration would not tolerate any bid to ferment riots and urged all to cooperate with the administration in this regard.

"Rioting will never be tolerated and the administration will take all steps to suppress any such move. Riot is a dangerous menace and nobody should indulge in it," she said in reference to the recent ethnic violence in the neighbouring Assam where several people were killed.

Condemning atrocities on women and reported incidents of rape and crime in the state, Mamata said, "Lets take a vow on this auspicious day of Independence Day that we will sternly deal with murder, rape, atrocities, particularly on women.

She also said that there should be no slander campaign against the state, which is committed to bring about overall development and peace. 

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