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Party delegation meets Governor, seeks intervention
‘Allow Central police to conduct searches independently'
Kolkata: Accusing the West Bengal Government of trying to frame several Trinamool Congress leaders and supporters in false cases in the run-up to the State Assembly elections, a party delegation met Governor M. K. Narayanan at Raj Bhavan here on Monday to apprise him of the situation and seek his intervention.
The delegation also demanded that Central police forces be allowed to “independently” conduct search operations in armed camps in the Jangalmahal area as they alleged that on the basis of information leaked by the local police the arms are being shifted from those camps which are raided by the Central forces.
“While a section of the police is being utilised to frame false charges against our leaders and supporters in order to stop them from participating in the elections, more ‘harmads' are being stationed at the armed camps that are passed off as camps for the homeless,” Partha Chatterjee, Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, told reporters after meeting the Governor.
Referring to the arrest of two persons – Asim Mahato and Amiyo Mahato – from a Trinamool Congress-run camp on January 31 for their suspected involvement in the Silda massacre, Mr. Chatterjee claimed that charges were framed against them to “save the face of Biman Bose (chairman of the State Left Front Committee)”.
“The police denied the duo's role in the Silda incident on the day they were arrested. But Mr. Bose claimed on the same day that they were involved in that incident. To save his face and prove him right, a section of senior police officers fabricated charges against the two to show their links with the Maoists,” he said, adding that the delegation has put forward all the points to the Governor.
Mr. Chatterjee said that various “financial irregularities practised by different Ministers of the State government in full knowledge of the Chief Minister” have also been intimated to the Governor.
“Other than incurring a debt of Rs.2 lakh crore, the State government is leasing out prime plots of land to their favoured industrialists at throwaway prices thus violating existing laws. Revenue generation, too, is extremely poor which points out that certain Ministers are benefiting through favouring few businessmen. All such Ministers and CPI (M) leaders should be arrested immediately,” he added.
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