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Bengal reiterates demand for Army deployment in Darjeeling

Last Updated: Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 22:34

Kolkata: The West Bengal government on Thursday
made a fresh appeal to the Centre for Army deployment in the
trouble-torn Darjeeling hills, saying the force would instil
confidence among the people there.

"It will be good if the Centre sends the Army. It will
be used for holding flag marches to instill confidence among
the people," Home Secretary G D Gautama told newsmen.

To a question, he said the Centre had not yet sought any
report on Tuesday`s violence that left two Gorkha Janmukti
Morcha activists dead and several others, alongwith some
policemen, injured.

Gautama said the state government would not accept any
diversion of the central paramilitary forces from the
Maoist-hit Jangalmahal to Darjeeling.

"We will raise objections if this is done. We have
objected to this earlier also. Yesterday, I wrote (to the
Union Home Ministry) requesting replenishment of central
forces which have been moved from Jangalmahal to Darjeeling,"
the Home Secretary said.


First Published: Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 22:34

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