TC hands over list of CPI(M) armed camps to DGP

Taking a cue from West Bengal police chief Naparajit Mukherjee that he would act on specific complaints of CPI(M) setting up armed camps, the Trinamool Congress submitted a list of over 93 such camps across the state to him.

Last Updated: Sep 04, 2010, 15:32 PM IST

Kolkata: Taking a cue from West Bengal police chief Naparajit Mukherjee that he would act on specific complaints of CPI(M) setting up armed camps, the Trinamool Congress on Saturday submitted a list of over 93 such camps across the state to him.

"We have submitted a detailed list of 93 armed camps of the CPI(M) in various parts of the state to the DGP. Let us see what steps he takes," Trinamool Congress leader Partha
Chatterjee, who led a party delegation, told newsmen.

After taking over as DGP on August 31, Mukherjee had told newsmen that he would take action if he received specific complaints about existence of such camps as alleged by the
Trinamool Congress.

Chatterjee, the Leader of the Opposition, said the CPI(M) had stockpiled arms at the camps located in West Midnapore, Bankura, Hooghly, Burdwan and Birbhum districts. Six new camps have come up at Lalgarh in the past 48 hours.

The CPI(M) camps in West Midnapore district were located mostly near the camps of the joint forces operating in the area, he said.

During the meeting, Chatterjee demanded removal of the police superintendents of the Hooghly and Burdwan districts, claiming that the former, an accused in the Nandigram police firing, was helping the CPI(M) procure arms in Hooghly. There were a number of complaints against the Burdwan SP as well.

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram had said recently that there were camps of armed cadre in West Midnapore district. Chatterjee claimed 300 Trinamool Congress activists were killed in incidents of attack by the CPI(M).

Stating that the CPI(M)-led Left Front government in the state was losing the people`s mandate, he said, "We have told the DGP he should work impartially in providing security to the people when the CPI(M) is indulging in bloodshed."

Besides Chatterjee, the Trinamool Congress team comprised party general secretary and Minister of State for Shipping Mukul Roy and three former IPS officers HA Sawfi, Abani Joardar and Rachpal Singh.

IGP (Law and Order) Surajit Kar Purakayastha was also present at the meeting.

The DGP declined to comment about the meeting.

Immediately after the meeting the DGP and the IGP (Law and Order) held a meeting with Home Secretary Samar Ghosh for nearly 40 minutes.

When contacted, Ghosh said the meeting was prescheduled.

"The DGP`s meeting with the Trinamool Congress has not been discussed. I will know from the DGP later what transpired at the meeting," the Home Secretary said.

PTI