Left parties ask EC to seal WB`s borders with states

Left parties approached the Election Commission demanding that West Bengal`s borders with other states be sealed during the coming Assembly polls there to ensure that Maoists do not trigger violence.

Last Updated: Feb 07, 2011, 18:35 PM IST

New Delhi: Left parties on Monday approached
the Election Commission demanding that West Bengal`s borders
with other states be sealed during the coming Assembly polls
there to ensure that Maoists do not trigger violence.

A six-member delegation led by CPI(M) leader Sitaram
Yechury met the Election Commissioners and apprised them of
their apprehension about Maoists` plan. Niloptapl Basu
(CPI-M), D Raja and Manohar Tirkey (CPI), Abani Roy (RSP) and
Barun Mukherjee (Forward Bloc) were the other members.
"If you want a peaceful, free and fair election, then
it is imperative that the state borders are sealed. The
strategy of the Maoists are to strike and go back," Yechury
told reporters here after meeting.

"Given the terrain on the bordering states like
Jharkhand, Orissa and Bihar, it is imperative that the borders
are sealed," he said, adding, they have asked the Commission
to send a team to the state to study the violence allegedly
perpetrated by "Trinamool-Maoist" combine.
"They come, they attack and kill and then escape
to other states. It took 20 years to catch smuggler Veerappan.
He used to change his hideouts in three states. That is the
advantage of forests. Unless there is a coordinated action,
the problem cannot be solved," he said.

He claimed that 274 Left Front activists were killed
by Trinamool-Maoist combine in the state in the recent years.
Yechury also said that the delegation asked the
Election Commission to pay "special attention" in Darjeeling
where during the last elections, "90 per cent of the votes
were polled in one direction".

Asked whether it was the failure of the state
administration in containing Maoist voilence in the state, he
said the areas from where Maoist-Trinamool violence is
reported is manned by joint security forces of the Centre and
State.

PTI