West Bengal police to sniff out Maoists from Lalgarh before polls

March 25th, 2009 - 5:09 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, March 25 (IANS) Police will carry out a combing operation to sniff out Maoist rebels from the tribal-dominated Lalgarh region of West Bengal before the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, an official said Wednesday.
“We will be sending police forces to Lalgarh before the April-May elections to search out Maoists guerrillas in the region so that polls can be conducted in the district peacefully,” West Bengal Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen told reporters here.

Meanwhile, the leader of the People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) at Lalgarh, Chatradhar Mahato said no police would be allowed to enter the area during elections.

“The committee had a meeting with district authorities Tuesday regarding police postings at Lalgarh during polls. But that yielded no results.

“We also want harmonious and peaceful polls and to do that, we have decided to deter entry of police in the region at that time,” Mahato said.

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