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`WB has withdrawn request for army deployment in Darjeeling`

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 21:27

Bangalore: Defence Minister A K Antony on Wednesday
said the West Bengal government has withdrawn its request for
deploying army troops to control riots in Darjeeling.

"The West Bengal government has already withdrawn its
request for army troops and the police and paramilitary
personnel would look after the situation there," he told a
press conference here.
He was reacting to queries about the deployment of Army
in the state.

Darjeeling district administration had sought army
deployment when riots broke out after police firing in
Jalpaiguri in which a teenager and a young woman supporter of
Gorkhaland died.

However, Defence Ministry sources said the West Bengal
government withdrew its request after the Army showed
reluctance to be sent there.

"The state government request was forwarded to us by the
Home Ministry but the Army was reluctant to be deployed
there," they added.
In the recent past, the Defence Minister has maintained
that the state governments should not call Army unless they
have exhausted their resources in controlling such situations.

The Army had also conveyed to the Defence Ministry that
it should not be called in by state governments to tackle
every civilian emergency.


First Published: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 21:27
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