Thursday, August 06, 2009

'Operation Lalgarh was a failure'

6 Aug 2009, 0125 hrs IST, TIMES NOW

In an admission which will leave the Centre red-faced, a report sent by the Superintendent of Police, West Bengal and District Magistrate to the Chief Secretary claims that Operation Lalgarh was a failure. The report accessed by TIMES NOW also claims that the Lalgarh operation by the joint forces has been overshadowed by the Maoist forces.

The report states, "We are afraid that the Midnapore, Jhargram town & Kotoyali police station may be attacked by the Maoists any time. Maoists have extended their base into forests like Manikpara, Rambasar and Sardiha. A group of seven to eight Maoist action squad members are moving around Lalgarh."

Reacting to the report, senior CPI(M) Politburo member Biman Bose said that he is extremely concerned with the situation, adding that he will ensure the issue is taken up with the administration as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, following the failure of the operation the SP has made certain demands from the government. Six more companies of central forces have been demanded to protect the Midnapore headquarters and a strategic review of the operation.

An emergency meeting has been called in Kolkata to review the situation after this report was received by the West Bengal government.

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