WB govt wants extension of Central force deployment
Last Updated: Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 23:11
Kolkata: The West Bengal government on Tuesday said that it expected the Centre to extend the deployment of para-military forces at Lalgarh beyond September 4, saying it was a 'genuine requirement.'

"As of now, the Centre has extended deployment of the para-military upto September 4. We, however, expect them to extend the deployment further. This is a genuine requirement," Home Secretary Ardhuendu Sen told newsmen.

The state government, however, was yet to hear from the Centre in this regard, he said.

Sen's statement came a day after Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, in a written speech at the Conference on Internal Security in Delhi yesterday, called for an anti-Maoist operation in Jharkhand in tandem with the ongoing joint operations in his state.

Bhattacharjee had noted that there was a 'significant' increase in Left extremist violence in the state this year and that 18 police stations across three districts were affected by Maoist violence.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 23:11

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