Bengal law and order better than before: Governor

Kolkata: Eighteen days after he had stated that West Bengal used to be one of the safest places in the country, the state's Governor, MK Narayanan, on Monday said law and order in the state was now "better than before".

''Law and order situation in the state is better than before,'' the Governor said when reporters sought his comment at a function at Town Hall today.

Narayanan on March 1 had expressed serious concern over a series of rape incidents including the Park Street car rape, saying, "Bengal used to be one of the safest places in the country. A single rape is bad for all of us. The number is not important."

"Rapes are conducted not by outsiders. They are people from Bengal," the Governor had said on the sidelines of a programme at the Calcutta University on that day.

As reporters today referred to the arrest of CPI(M) strongman Lakshman Seth, former MP, and two others by the CID in the 2007 Nandigram 'recapture', the Governor did not name anybody, but said that no investigation would move forward without making any arrest.