Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Normalcy returning to Lalgarh: West Bengal govt.

Lalgarh (PTI) With the operations by security forces entering the fifth day on Wednesday to reclaim areas taken over by Maoist-backed tribals at Lalgarh in West Midnapore district, the West Bengal government on Wednesday said that the situation was returning to normal.

"I think the situation is returning to normal in Lalgarh. I have talked to the local people. I have heard their grievances. I feel if we all work together, normalcy will return soon," West Bengal Chief Secretary Asok Mohan Chakraborty told newsmen at a helipad next to the Lalgarh police station.

Asked how long the operations would continue, Mr. Chakraborty said, "The forces are here. It will depend on them and their commanders. It is not for me to comment on."

Posed with the same question, IGP (Law and Order) Raj Kanojia said "the operations are on."

Asked why the operations did not appear to be visible, Mr. Kanojia said "We are not conducting operations to make it visible to you."

With six truckloads of rice arriving, the chief secretary said from Thursday, besides rice, dal and potatoes would be provided free to displaced villagers and in relief camps for which the Block Developmetn Officer has been given instructions.

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