Tuesday, December 18, 2007

WEST BENGAL : Posters: Opp seeks CM Budda's statement

Posters: Opp seeks CM’s statement

Statesman News Service

KOLKATA, Dec. 17: Trinamul Congress and Congress legislators today demanded chief minister Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee issue a statement in the Assembly on the steps taken by the state government after Maoist posters were discovered on a wall of Writers’ Buildings last week.

Dr Manas Bhunia of the Congress said during “mention hour” that the state government was suffering from “ Maophobia" and criticised its decision to suspend four police constables who were on duty at Writers’ Buildings on the day the poster had been put up. He alleged that the CPI-M and police were the culprits and had committed the act to divert people's attention from Nandigram. “ It is most unfortunate that at a time when city police have beefed up security following the poster episode, the chief minister is skipping Assembly sessions.”

The Leader of the Opposition, Mr Partha Chatterjee, said bringing more areas surrounding Writers' Buildings under the scope of Section 144 CrPC would put a curb on the movement of people. He also demanded a statement from the chief minister. State home secretary Mr Prasadranjan Ray said: "There is no ban on Maoists but the question remains how outsiders managed to find their way into a security zone’’.

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