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Chidambaran asks Buddhadeb to give mandate to police

Chidambaran asks Buddhadeb to give mandate to police

Author: PTI
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: June 17, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/183477/Chidambaram-asks-Buddhadeb-to-give-clear-mandate-to-police.html

Sending a blunt message to the Buddhadeb Government, the Centre on Wednesday asked it to give a clear mandate to the police to reclaim areas dominated by Maoists in violence-hit West Midnapore and its adjoining areas and deal with the "deteriorating" law and order situation.

Home Minister P Chidambaram told reporters here that he had spoken to Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and told him that the state must move its forces to these troubled areas with clear instructions to tackle the situation.

The Minister said there was an impression that while one part of the Government was willing to take action against the Maoists, another was worried about the fallout.

"The impression is that one side of the Government is willing to take action, the other side of the Government is worried about the consequences. Now, it is the judgment the Chief Minister must make. They must move the (security) forces to the affected areas and must reclaim that area which is now dominated by the Maoists," he said.

Agitating tribals of West Midnapore and adjoining areas have been protesting police "atrocities" on them in the wake of the landmine blast at Salboni which was believed to target the Chief Minister.

The tribals, numbering 2000 under the banner of People's Committee Against Police Atrocities, stopped paramilitary forces from reaching the trouble-torn areas.

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