New Delhi, Jan 19 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) Union Home Minister P Chidambaram requested West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee to take action against armed cadres in the state as the latter visited him here on Wednesday.
Bhattacharjee, who met the Union Home Minister at the latter’s chamber and discussed about the state law and order situation, said he agreed with Chidambaram on the need to dismantle armed camps.
The Home Minister restated the Government of India’s position that maintenance of law and order is the responsibility of the security forces and that the armed cadres of any political party cannot be allowed to play any part in the discharge of this responsibility.
Chidambaram shared with the Chief Minister information and intelligence available with the Central Government. He also drew pointed attention to the grave incident in Netai village.
The Home Minister requested the Chief Minister to take action against the armed cadres.
The Chief Minister assured the Home Minister that he understood the seriousness of the concern expressed by the Home Minister and would take appropriate steps.
Holding that the Nitai killings should not have happened, Bhattacharjee later told reporters: “I agreed on two points. Government is firm on disarming all armed groups including those in Jangalmahal.”
“Secondly Netai was raised and I told him that CID is investigating and we have to ensure this is not repeated,” he said.
Bhattacharjee once again alleged that “Trinamool Congress is organising public meetings with the Maoists and openly colluding with them, creating a dangerous situation.”
Bhattacharjee discussed also Gorkhaland agitation with the union minister.
Their meeting comes after the recent “letters war” where they accused each other of leaking matter of the letters to the press before reaching the same to the addressee.
Bhattacharjee said his meeting with the Home Minister was ‘good’ and in ‘cordial atmosphere’.
He said there are proofs to back his allegations against Trinamool Congress.
He said Maoists were a serious problem in West Bengal, but after combined forces started operating in the area, normalcy has been restored and schools and markets can now function in the affected regions.
Railway minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has earlier demanded withdrawal of combined forces from West Midnapore’s Jungalmahal area and alleged that CPI-M is taking advantage of the forces to arm itself and attack rival political workers.
The two leaders held meeting about an hour in the morning.
The Left Front CM was invited by Chidambaram to visit Delhi nearly a month ago for talks after the Trinamool Congress (TMC) demanded the Centre must take action to stop the violence in West Bengal.
TMC chief and Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee also accused the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) of harbouring “harmad” or goons to ‘teach lessons’ to the Opposition parties in poll-bound Bengal.