Sunday, November 18, 2007

CRPF camps relocated to help cadres

Saket Sundria
KOLKATA, Nov. 18: In a move that seems to substantiate longstanding apprehensions of the villagers and BUPC activists in Nandigram, the state government today changed the deployment of CRPF in a manner that will help the activities of rampaging CPI-M cadres. CRPF officers complained yesterday about the state police's non-cooperation.

The change in CRPF deployment took place after DGP Mr AB Vohra visited the area today. Mr Vohra held a two-hour meeting with local police officers, including the SP and ASP and CRPF officers.

He reached Nandigram around 11 a.m. and was locked in discussions with the officers and CRPF DIG Mr Alok Raj till 1 p.m. Mr Raj, however, was not present during the second half of the meeting.

After the meeting, Mr Vohra ordered the change in deployment, which was done for "operational reasons". The CRPF camp in one of the most affected villages, Mahespur, has been shifted to Pakhai in Khejui. Mahespur is one of the villages where several incidents of violence have been reported and villagers have been complaining about CPI-M atrocities. Another camp, which was scheduled for Rajaramchak, has been shifted to Jelingham, a village which is relatively unaffected and is far from the war-zone.

A proposed camp in Takapura, located near Talpati canal, has been shifted to Tengua, a village located near Nandigram town. Takapura bore the brunt of CPI-M attacks during the recent flare up. Another CRPF camp is being planned in Terapekha, which is located near Nandigram town but is opposite the affected area. Mr Raj's absence from the second half of the meeting raised eyebrows. The villagers seem to be even more scared now. IG Mr Raj Kanojia said the DG took stock of the situation.

Meanwhile, the BJP is planning to raise the Nandigram issue in Parliament tomorrow to corner the government and its allies.
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