Govt brings out list of arms seizures to pinch ally Cong

In an obvious attempt to dismiss the allegations levelled by alliance partner,the Congress,that the state government has not given importance to seizure of illegal arms,the Trinamool-led government came up with a report claiming that during the first four months of 2012 the police have seized more than 2,600 arms and ammunitions from various districts.

Written by RAJIB CHATTERJEE | Kolkata | Published: June 2, 2012 3:35 am

In an obvious attempt to dismiss the allegations levelled by alliance partner,the Congress,that the state government has not given importance to seizure of illegal arms,the Trinamool-led government came up with a report claiming that during the first four months of 2012 the police have seized more than 2,600 arms and ammunitions from various districts.

“Impressed with the performance of the police”,Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,during her meeting with IPS officers on Wednesday,instructed them to lay more emphasize on maintaining peace.

According to the report prepared by West Bengal Police,793 arms were seized from all districts between January and April while 1,903 live ammunitions were recovered during raids in the same period. “During the first four months of 2012,1,003 bombs and 643.5 kilogram of explosive were seized from all districts. In all 7,158 detonators and 39 gelatin sticks were recovered during the same period,” the report states.

After Sangrampur hooch tragedy that claimed 173 lives,the state police had intensified raids to seize illicit liquor. During this period more than 3,39,535 litres of illicit liquor were recovered,a senior police officer said. A total of 14,649 bottles of illicit liquor were also seized. Six directional mines,including five,from Maoist-affected areas were seized in the first four months of 2012. Three magazines and one Improvised Explosive Device (IED) were seized during raids.

A senior IPS officer,who attended the CM’s meeting at Town Hall,said Mamata Banerjee has expressed satisfaction with the performance of the state police. “She observed that the police have managed to maintain peace. She wants the police to work with more responsibility. The chief minister praised the police for not allowing political violence to take place after the change in the government,” the officer added.

The police report on seizure of arms and ammunition however could not satisfy the Congress.

The Congress party said: “Before the 2011 Assembly election,both Congress and Trinamool urged the then administration to seize all illegal arms. Unfortunately after the election,Congress is the lone voice asking for seizures of the illegal arms.”

Earlier,the Congress had launched a scathing attack against the state government for failing to effectively tackle law and order situation.

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