Chidambaram`s letter yet to reach Bengal Secretariat

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram`s letter to West Bengal CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee questioning the role of central forces in Jangalmahal is yet to reach the State Secretariat, a day after it was disclosed to the media.

Kolkata: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram`s
letter to West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee
questioning the role of central forces in Jangalmahal is yet
to reach the State Secretariat, a day after it was disclosed
to the media.
"I have not seen any such letter as yet," State Chief
Secretary Samar Ghosh told reporters today.

Even as the content of the letter was disclosed by the
Union Home Ministry yesterday, the chief minister had
expressed ignorance about the letter calling into question the
role of central forces if armed cadres took on themselves the
duty of maintaining law and order in the state.

Chidambaram`s strong-worded letter to Bhattacharjee comes
in the wake of ally Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee
alleging misuse of central security forces in the state and
offering to quit if her charge was proved wrong.

In the letter, the Home Minister asked the state
government to ensure that the armed cadres belonging to
`Harmad Vahini` are "immediately disarmed and demobilised".

"If these armed cadres continue to take upon themselves
the duties of maintaining law and order, I wonder what is the
role of security forces, specially central para military
forces which have been deployed at the request of the state
government?" Chidambaram had said in the letter.
The Home Minister`s letter came a day after a Trinamool
Congress delegation had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and
conveyed to him alleged misuse of central security forces in
West Bengal.

PTI

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