TMC govt cracks down on 'Narayani Sena', bans training camps in Cooch Behar district

The Trinamool Congress govt on Wednesday banned all training centres where volunteers of Narayani Sena were being given arms training.

Updated: Aug 24, 2016, 13:08 PM IST
TMC govt cracks down on 'Narayani Sena', bans training camps in Cooch Behar district

Kolkata: In a major crackdown on the 'Narayani Sena', a private army of the erstwhile Maharaja of Coochbehar, the Trinamool Congress government on Wednesday banned all training centres where its volunteers were given arms training.

According to reports, the move comes a day after TMC accused the central government of trying to disrupt smooth functioning of the state government.

The party alo alleged that the BSF was providing "training" to 'Narayani Sena', a private army of the erstwhile Maharaja of Coochbehar.

The BSF, however, denied the allegation and termed it as "baseless".

"It is a deep-rooted conspiracy against the state government. How come BSF is giving training to Narayani Sena and other elements who are involved in smuggling?" senior TMC leader and state parliamentary affairs minister Partha Chatterjee had told reporters.

"We have officially expressed our grievances and lodged a complaint with the highest quarters of the central government," he said.

Chatterjee said this was being done by keeping the state government in the "dark".

Chatterjee made the remark following a recent probe report submitted by the DIG, Jalpaiguri Range at the state secretariat which said BSF officials in Mathabhanga area of Cooch Behar in north Bengal "imparted training to volunteers of the Narayani Sena".

Narayani Sena is an alleged militia which is being raised by the Greater Cooch Behar People's Association or GCPA in support of their demand for a separate state of Greater Cooch Behar on "ethnic grounds".