West Bengal urges agitators to cooperate in security operation

June 21st, 2009 - 10:18 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, June 21 (IANS) The West Bengal government, which has launched a massive security operation to free the troubled zone of Lalgarh from Maoist rebels, Sunday urged the tribal agitators there to cooperate with the administration in restoring peace.
Briefing mediapersons after a meeting of the core committee formed to review the progress of the security operation in the area under West Midnapore district, state Chief Secretary Ashok Mohan Chakraborty said: “Central and state forces don’t want bloodshed or violence. We will try to ensure that common people do not suffer as our aim is to ensure normal life. We will appeal to even those, who had put people in danger, to cooperate with the state government.”

Asked if the security forces will arrest Chhatradhar Mahato, the leader of the tribal body People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) that has led the violent agitation, the top bureaucrat said: “I won’t talk about individuals. But all those against whom there are specific cases will be put behind bars.”

Deputy Inspector General of Police (Midnapore Range) Praveen Kumar said in Lalgarh Saturday that Mahato would be arrested as he was wanted in several cases.

In reply, Mahato said in Lalgarh Sunday that he was neither involved with Maoists nor did he support their activities.

“And why should they arrest me? I have done no wrong. But, may be, due to the agitation public life has been affected,” he said.

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