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CRPF camps will stay: DGP

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KOLKATA: Camps set up by the Central Reserve Police Force in the Nandigram area “will stay” and the question of their being shifted is not being contemplated as of now, according to West Bengal Director-General of Police A.B. Vohra.

Discounting reports of the CRPF authorities being asked to shift their camps, he said: “They are where they are. The situation in the Nandigram area is much better than what it was and will be better in the future.” The CRPF was deployed at Nandigram from November 12 following violence. Five companies and all all-women company were stationed there. They conducted route marches in some areas during the day.

“The camps will continue to be where they are until a sense of security is instilled in the people. The CRPF will continue to carry out route marches and patrols and there has been no report of any serious incident of violence,” said Inspector-General of Police (Law and Order) Raj Kanojia.

“The forces are operating in tandem with the State police and all problems related to logistics and operational movement have been sorted out,” he added.

Reports that the CRPF camps were being shifted had created “an unnecessary controversy,” Mr. Kanojia said.

Mr. Vohra visited the area on Sunday and reviewed the situation, Mr. Kanojia said.

A joint control room, manned by the CRPF and the State police, was set up in the area, he added.

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