WB govt not to use Act indiscriminately: Buddhadeb

"The chief minister said the state government had to accept the Act as it was passed by Parliament and its sub- sections formulated. But, he assured us that it will not be indiscriminately used and the government will think over and over before using it," PWD Minister Kshiti Goswami told reporters after a meeting of the cabinet core committee.

Junior partners of the Left Front--RSP, Forward Bloc and CPI-- had on June 25 made the chief minister agree to get clearance from the core committee of the cabinet on how the ban on the Maoists would be implemented in the state.

CPI(Maoist) spokesman Gour Chakraborty, nabbed here last week was arrested under the Act, Goswami said.

He said the chief minister informed that the joint forces operating against Maoists in Lalgarh and its vicinity in West Midnapore district were able to liberate (from Maoist control) nearly 95 per cent of the area. The operations had been bloodless with no major encounter.

According to Goswami, the chief minister said that the Maoists driven out from West Midnapore were taking shelter in Baghmundi, Bandwan and Balarampur areas of Purulia.
Stating that life was gradually becoming normal in and around Lalgarh, the chief minister told the Committee that police would remain in the area till normalcy was restored.

Stating that a number of Maoists from Lalgarh have also fled to adjoining Jharkhand, the CM said that border police camps were being strengthened to prevent them from entering West Bengal.

"The chief minister said it would have been better if Jharkhand had conducted a simultaneous operations with us against the Maoists. But, this did not happen," he said.
With Lalgarh and its vicinities gradually returning to normalcy, the priority now was to provide the people with their daily needs. The Task Force at Lalgarh had been asked to increase mass contact and secretary level officers would camp in the areas to ascertain the people's daily needs," Goswami added.

"The chief minister told us that people in the area were welcoming the forces. The areas are also slowly returning to normal. Locals shops are also opening one by one," Goswami said.

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