Police take back Lalgarh from Maoists

June 20th, 2009 - 10:04 pm ICT by ANI  

Lalgarh, June 20 (ANI): Security forces in West Bengal’s Midnapore on Saturday declared to have regained control over the troubled Lalgarh area of West Bengal.

According to Director General Of Police, Midnapore, Praveen Kumar, they have regained control of Lalgarh, which was captured by Maoist rebels in one of the most brazen attacks in recent years.

“For 36 hours at a stretch they were at the basic minimum. The task was difficult but it has been achieved but it is not the only job that we are here for. The main job is that the authority of state, authority of the administration and the confidence of the people has to be restored in the rule of law,” said Praveen Kumar.

Earlier, hundreds of Maoists, who were expanding their influence across the country, had chased away police and killed government supporters from around Lalgarh, which they declared a “liberated zone”.

Marching behind an anti-landmine vehicle, hundreds of police in flak jackets and combat gear had entered the town of Lalgarh.

Personnel of the CRPF, BSF, State Armed Police, Eastern Frontier Rifles and the Kolkata Police besides the elite anti naxal force COBRA were involved in the operation. (ANI)

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