Kolkata: Central Government is likely to announce Bengal ‘Free state from Maoist influence’. Mamata Banerjee after ascending to the throne of Bengal in 2011, has always stressed on the point that during her reign, Bengal is free from Maoist infiltration and subsequent activities.
So keeping Banerjee’s statement in mind that has been reiterated by her on number of occasions, Central Government has decided to withdraw central forces from Jungle Mahal. The financial assistance that the state used to get would also be scrapped.
But Bengal government is not ready to bid adieu to Central forces from Jungle Mahal. They have already communicated their viewpoint orally to the home ministry. Central forces will be withdrawn from districts of Bankura, Purulia, West Midnapur and Birbhum.
At present in Jungle Mahal, one battalion of COBRA, a specialized unit of CRPF and six companies of central forces are present. So if there is no Maoist influence in Bengal then why central forces are still in Bengal? The financial assistance that Bengal used to get from Delhi would also be scrapped.
According to the sources from Union Home Ministry, the report send by the state made it clear that there is no incidence of any casualty by Maoists. So declaration of Bengal as a ‘free state from Maoist influence’ has been made final. A letter shot by home ministry to Bengal government has made it clear.
After receiving the letter from the union ministry, the Mamata Banerjee government realized that if central reserve forces are being withdrawn from the state, then the border of Bengal will remain unmanned. Maoists from neighbouring states of Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand will infiltrate Bengal. Citing this as their reason, the state government is desperate to keep central reserve forces in the state.
On Monday a meeting will be held which will be presided by union home minister Rajnath Singh. The meeting is aimed to discuss the revised strategies to deal with the Naxal extremism. Home secretary Malay Dey along with Police DG Surajit Purkayastha will represent the state at the meeting that comes after the recent killings of 25 CRPF jawans in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma.
Reporting By: Manab Guha
Edited By: Sucheta Chakraborty