Kolkata: The rise of a ‘militant organization’ named as Narayani Sena, is a major concern for the West Bengal government, said education minister Partha Chatterjee on Tuesday.
Addressing the media, Mr. Chatterjee said that the state government will take the issue to the centre against the separatist organization. A controversy has erupted after a video footage showed BSF personnel allegedly training the members of the so-called ‘Sena’ in Cooch Behar.
The BSF has however, denied any such training imparted.
The Narayani Sena was the name of the princely state of Cooch Behar Maharaja’s army. As the princely state of Cooch Behar merged with the union of India, the Maharaja was assured that Cooch Behar will be granted the status of a ‘C’ category state and the Narayani Sena will be absorbed in the Indian Army, said GCPA (Greater Cooch Behar People’s Association).
On the other hand, the state government has dubbed the Sena, a separatist organization and blamed that the BSF is imparting arms training to its cadres. On the other hand, BJP MP Surendra Singh Ahluwalia from Darjeeling has extended his support to GCPA and said the organization is nationalist in its ideology. Mr. Ahluwalia had earlier wrote a letter to the centre seeking a separate army regiment for the Cooch-Rajbanshis.
The state has expressed concern that KLO militants operating in North Bengal might try to extend its bases exploiting the opportunity. It is also said that intelligence inputs have shown that the members of Narayani Sena are training in the camps of militant organization NDFB and KYKL based in Assam and Manipur respectively.