Paramilitary to remain in West Bengal for now

Last Updated: Friday, June 3, 2011 - 20:23

New Delhi: Nearly 15,000 central paramilitary
personnel currently deployed in West Bengal are unlikely to be
withdrawn soon as they are being engaged in the recovery of
illegal arms and to check post-poll violence.

A large caches of illegal arms have been recovered from
different parts of West Bengal by the state police with the
help of the central forces and the new Mamata Banerjee-led
government wants the exercise to continue, government
officials said.
"Unless some major emergency occurs, the forces will
remain in West Bengal as long as the state government desires.
They are engaged in maintaining law and order and recovering
illegal arms," an official said.

Altogether 701 companies of Central Armed Police Forces
(one companies comprises roughly 100 personnel) were deployed
for the peaceful conduct of elections in West Bengal.

At the request of the West Bengal government, 144
companies have been retained in the state to ensure that there
is peace post-elections.

Since May 14, a day after the results of West Bengal
Assembly polls were declared, police have conducted about 200
raids and recovered nearly 1,500 fire arms and around 14,000
rounds of ammunition of different varieties from various
police stations.
Over 140 people have been arrested, some of these
arms caches were reportedly found at local-level CPI(M)
offices and the house of a CPI(M) supporter.

Of these arms, about 246 are rifles of various
calibres and the balance are muskets and country-made weapons.

Last month, Home Minister P Chidambaram had said that
the new state government has its task cut out and will have to
"redouble" its efforts to recover all illegal arms
proliferating there.

"Now, we know that arms caches were in many places.
So, I think the new government has its task cut out. The new
government will have to redouble its drive to recover these
arms. You can`t maintain law and order if illegal arms
proliferate in a state," he had said.


First Published: Friday, June 3, 2011 - 20:23

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