Central team ends WB visit, gives `suggestions` to admin

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 22:25

Kolkata: The team from the Union Home
ministry, which had indicated that it would not go to
violence-affected areas in West Bengal, today stayed put in
the metropolis while giving a number of suggestions to the
state administration.

"They suggested introduction of better technology for
gathering more information in Maoist-affected areas and
increased manpower in the police force," state Home Secretary
Ardhendu Sen said at the conclusion of the visit of the team
sent by Union Home Minister P Chidamabaram at the insistence
of UPA ally Trinamool Congress.

"Modern technology introduced in other Maoist-hit
states yielded better results," Sen said.

On the team not visiting areas which had witnessed
violence, Sen replied "Probably the team is satisfied with the
briefing it received from state officials."

The team, headed by Additional Secretary (Home) D R S
Chowdhury, held a meeting with magistrates and police
superintendents of nine violence-affected districts at the
state secretariat -- Writers` Buildings.

Asked to sum up the the outcome of the meetings with
the team, Sen said "its always better in exchanging ideas. It
was an absolutely factual discussion."

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 22:25

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