Joint forces to remain in Maoist-hit areas: Pranab

Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday ruled out withdrawl of security forces from Maoist-hit areas in West Bengal as demanded by his cabinet colleague and Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Updated: Oct 30, 2010, 20:21 PM IST

Nabagram (WB): Union Finance Minister Pranab
Mukherjee on Saturday ruled out withdrawl of security forces from
Maoist-hit areas in West Bengal as demanded by his cabinet
colleague and Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee.
"The joint forces will operate in Maoist-hit areas of
West Bengal and other Maoist-hit states as long as they
continue to violate law and order and keep challenging the
government," Mukherjee told reporters here in Murshidabad
district at the end of a National Integration camp.
The Trinamool Congress chief has been demanding
withdrawal of joint forces from Maoist-hit areas in West
Bengal alleging that CPI-M cadre were taking their help in
committing atrocities on the people.

PTI