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Centre raps left-ruled West Bengal, Kerala

Last Updated: Saturday, August 1, 2009 - 19:21

New Delhi: Coming down heavily on two Left front-ruled states, the Centre on Saturday said many districts in West Bengal have become "killing fields" while Kerala has failed to set up coastal police stations, which could compromise national security.
"I did not point finger of blame on anyone. At least not
yet. All I said was that many districts in West Bengal have
become killing fields," Home Minister P Chidambaram told
reporters when asked about his recent comment on the law and
order situation in West Bengal.

Chidambaram said when he made the statement, he had with
him a letter written by the Chief Minister of West Bengal
(Buddhadeb Bhattacharyya) and another letter and documents
given by the Trinamool Congress besides his own intelligence

"All these led me to say with deep sense of regret and
concern that killings have become a routine affair in West
Bengal in clashes between political parties. And therefore, I
expressed my deep concern".

"Political parties can be adversaries, but killings must
not take place. It is the responsibility of the state
government to ensure that killings do not take place," he

Chidambaram on Thursday had said "We are concerned. It
(killings) should stop. After all who are being killed are
average political workers".

The Home Minister had made these observations after
Trinamool Congress chief and Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee
met him and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee over the
"killings" of her party workers in West Bengal.

Asked about the reported failure of Kerala to put up
coastal police stations allocated to it, Chidambaram said
"there is a plan, there is an allocation. If the Government of
Kerala is able to complete only one out of 12 police stations,
I can only express my regret and ask them for quick completion
of the other police stations.

"Ultimately, if the coastal police stations do not come
up on time, in that extent security measures are compromised.
I hope that the government of Kerala will get into the job and
complete the police stations," he said.

Following the Mumbai terror strike, in which the
attackers had come using the sea route, the government has
given high priority to strengthening coastal security and
allocated funds to coastal states and UTs to set up coastal
police stations.

Bureau Report

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First Published: Saturday, August 1, 2009 - 19:21
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