Centre to Keep 17 Companies of Forces Stationed in West Bengal

The central government has decided to keep 17 companies of its forces stationed in the West Bengal thus making it clear that the joint anti-Maoist operations will continue in the state.

The decision came after West Bengal chief minister Bhattacharjee met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and with Home Minister P Chidambaram and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee yesterday.

“My only demand was that the 17 companies (about 1,700 personnel) continue to remain stationed in the state and carry out the joint operations with the state police. The Home Minister (P Chidambaram) has accepted it,” West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said.

Strongly recommending continuance of the joint operations in the state along with simultaneous actions in Jharkhand, Bhattacharjee said that police would otherwise not be able to consolidate the gains made against Maoists in West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura.

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