November 6, 2008

Bengal CM urges Centre not to withdraw CRPF

Kolkata, Oct 30 (PTI): West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Thursday urged the Centre not to withdraw the eight companies of CRPF deployed in the state, particularly in the aftermath of the serial blasts in Assam.
Sources in CPI(M) said Bhattacharjee, while attending party's state secretariat meeting here tonight, telephoned Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil after being informed that Centre decided to withdraw CRPF personnel deployed in West Bengal. According to party sources, Bhattacharjee told Patil that the urgency of CRPF personnel in north Bengal, particularly in Jalpaiguri and Coochbehar districts where the militant outfits, including ULFA was active.
He also told Patil that keeping the central forces in the districts of Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore was necessary to curb Maoist activities. "The situation calls for maintaining CRPF in West Bengal," party sources said quoting Chief Minsiter.

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