Trinamool wants operations only by Central forces

The Trinamool Congress on Thursday demanded an extensive police operation in the Jangalmahal area by the Central forces as the joint forces failed to control Maoist attacks.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: February 19, 2010 3:47:12 am

The Trinamool Congress on Thursday demanded an extensive police operation in the Jangalmahal area by the Central forces as the joint forces failed to control Maoist attacks.

“The joint forces should be withdrawn because the Silda massacre once again proved that the presence of West Bengal police cannot be effective in bringing back normalcy to the area,” said Sudip Bandopadhyay,Trinamool chief whip in the Lok Sabha.

Flanked by Minister of Sate for Shipping Mukul Roy,Bandopadhyay said: “The operation should be done under the Union government. The state should not play any role in it.”

Earlier,Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee had demanded a probe into the Silda incident where 24 Eastern Frontier Rifles personnel and one civilian were killed. Though the government has declared that a gang of armed Maoists had attacked the Silda EFR camp,Banerjee had hinted that there might by a different story behind the attack.

Bandopadhayay said that keeping aside the state forces will be a right decision because the state police are helping the local CPM men establish their control over the area.

“While the Union government is insisting on reclaiming the area for the normal functioning of the civil administration,the state police are assisting the CPM men for their political purpose. It is a fact that the Silda camp was set up for protection of local CPM leaders,” said Bandopadhyay.

The party once again demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee over the Silda massacre. “The police did not work on the intelligence inputs provided by the IB. How,being the head of the government,can he deny his responsibility? He should go immediately,” said Bandopadhayay.

Mamata urges PM for ‘talks’ option

NEW DELHI: Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee is learnt to have met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today and urged him to resort to track two option and offer talks with the Naxals. She underlined that the Centre’s security offensive against the Naxals was not yielding any substantive results. Sources said that Banerjee met the PM after the Cabinet meeting. She was learnt to have used the example of the Silda attack to maintain that the policy of launching an all out war against the Maoists could prove counterproductive and lead to such wanton killing of innocent men.

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