Friday, November 2, 2007

Maoist presence in Nandigram, CRPF arrives next week: govt

Kolkata, Nov 2 (PTI) The West Bengal government today said it has information of a Maoist presence in troubled Nandigram in East Midnapore district for which it has requisitioned a battalion of the CRPF from the Centre.
"The government has information about the presence of Maoists in Nandigram. The CRPF will be arriving there by next week," state Home Secretary P R Roy said here today.

To a question, Roy said the central paramilitary force would be deployed in Nandigram, adjacent to the CPI(M) stronghold of Khejuri and other places where violence has been continuing for the last 10 months between anti-acquisition 'Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh Committee' backed by the Trinamool Congress and the CPI(M).

The exact deployment would be finalised after discussions, he said.

Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee had sought CRPF deployment for Nandigram on October 29 during a telephonic talk with Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil.

Roy said Chief Secretary A K Deb had discussions with the Union Ministry of Home Affairs on the matter yesterday. PTI

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