WB government disapproves of IRB personnel`s stir

The Home Secretary earlier said that the government was looking into the possibility of whether there was any instigation behind the agitation.

Last Updated: Sep 22, 2011, 21:39 PM IST

Kolkata/Durgapur: Terming the agitation by
some Indian Reserve Battalion personnel, engaged in
anti-Maoist operation in Jangalmahal, as a "sensitive issue",
the West Bengal government on Thursday disapproved of the stir.

"No uniformed force can go for any agitation and it is a
sensitive issue," the state`s Chief Secretary Samar Ghosh said
when asked to comment on the IRB agitation in different camps
in the state.

"The state government totally disapproves of it," Home
Secretary G D Gautama said replying to a query if it augurs
well with a disciplined force resorting to an agitation.

Asked if the Union Home ministry had been contacted about
the IRB personnel`s agitation, Ghosh said, "I have not made
any contact. IB (Intelligence Branch) reports are sent to
Delhi regularly."

Protesting alleged prolonged posting in risky areas and
"apathy of the authorities", several IRB personnel, posted at
Silda, Salboni, Garbeta in West Midnapore district, Durgapur
in Burdwan district, Suri in Birbhum district and Sarenga and
Majhgeria in Bankura district, were on fast in front of their
camps since yesterday.

Both the chief secretary and the Home secretary said that
DG (armed police) Gautam Mohan Chakraborty had been rushed to
Silda with other senior officers to study the situation, seek
the agitator`s viewpoints and submit a report in this regard.
However, Gautama refused to comment when asked if the
state government would take the agitating IRB personnel off
duty.

IG (western zone) Zulfikar Hasan said that efforts were
being made by senior police officials to convince the
agitating personnel to withdraw their stir.

The Home Secretary earlier said that the government was
looking into the possibility of whether there was any
instigation behind the agitation.

PTI