Terrorists using Kolkata as haven: Buddhadeb

West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Thursday admitted that terrorists were using the metropolis as a haven.

Last Updated: Oct 07, 2010, 17:46 PM IST

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Thursday admitted that terrorists were using the metropolis as a haven.

"Terrorists are coming and going through the city. Besides there are also communal forces and big criminals who have to be uprooted," Bhattacharjee, who is in charge of Home (Police) department, told a police function here.

Pointing out that the Kolkata Police had less personnel compared to the police-public ratio in cities like Mumbai, he said there were 26,000 personnel in 48 police stations in Kolkata which had a population of 60 lakh. "This ratio is higher in Mumbai and other cities."

He, however, said criminals who operated in their own areas in cities like Mumbai, could not do so in Kolkata which was a credit to the Kolkata Police.

The chief minister urged citizens to be alert against the movement of the terrorists, communal forces and criminals operating in the metropolis.

Altogether 48 police personnel and 16 civilians were awarded under different categories at the function.

PTI