Kolkata: Maoist activity in the western
part of West Bengal has been checked to a some extent but it
has spread to several other districts, Governor M K Narayanan
on Thursday said.
Attributing the relative decline in Maoist activity in
West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts to sustained
operation by the joint security forces, he said Naxal presence
had expanded in districts like Birbhum, Murshidabad and Nadia.
Several incidents of Maoist violence have occurred
resulting in the deaths of both security personnel and
civilians, Narayanan noted while while addressing the Budget
session of the state Assembly on the opening day.
He said that some development initiatives had been
taken by the state government while programmes were organised
by the joint forces to get local people`s support and
confidence in the Maoist-hit areas.
The state government, he said, announced surrender-
cum-rehabilitation policy for Maoists on the line of the model
schemes forwarded by the central government.
The governor`s address was intermittently disrupted by
opposition Trinamool Congress members who demanded that the
killings in Netai village should have a mention in his
Trinammol members entered the House carrying placards
against the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government and slogans
were raised `khuni Buddha sarkar, ar nei darkar` (there is no
need for the killer Buddhadeb government to continue).
This is the last session before the coming Assembly
election in the state scheduled to begin on April 18.
Turning to the situation in Darjeeling hills,
Narayanan regretted it had remained unsettled in spite of a
series of tripartite talks between the Centre, state
government and Gorkha Janmukti Morcha both at official and
The GJM was continuing with its agitation disturbing
public order not only in the hills, but also in the plains
stretching into Jalpaiguri district, he noted.
The state government, he said, wanted the Morcha
leadership to find a solution through discussions.
Giving details of anti-terrorism measures, he said
that to counter possible terrorist attacks, alerts of which
had been received of late, measures like anti-sabotage checks
and installation of CCTV in sensitive places had been taken.
A special task force has also been created and an
elite section of the force was given commando training.
Six coastal police stations were operationalised and
eight more were in the process of being set up to secure the
safety of about 260 km of the coastline of the state, he said.
Narayanan said that industrialisation in the state
remained a major objective of the state government and added
the state government`s proposal for building a petroleum,
chemicals and petrochemical investment region at Haldia
covering an area of 250 sq km has been approved by the Centre.