Trinamool demands withdrawal of joint-forces
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 23, 2010, 01:25
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress leadership today met President Pratibha Patil here and demanded for withdrawal of joint-forces and prohibitory orders from Maoist-affected Lalgarh and other areas in West Bengal.

"No fruitful results yielded from their deployment and CPI(M) is using them to expand its base through armed cadre," Leader of Opposition in West Bengal Assembly, Partha Chatterjee told reporters after he and Trinamool chief whip Sudip Bandopadhyay met the President at the Raj Bhawan here.

"We have also demanded withdrawal of Section 144 in the Junglemahal which is in force for a year curtailing rights of all political parties except CPI(M)," he said.

Alleging that the CPI(M) has launched "a joint venture" with joint-forces in capturing these areas, Chatterjee claimed that the ruling party in the state has set up 200 armed camps.

Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, who is also in charge of Home (Police), is taking no action to check lawlessness in the state, he claimed.


First Published: Thursday, September 23, 2010, 01:25

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