WB Governor likely to visit Lalgarh next week

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Kolkata, Jan 14 (PTI) Taking a pro-active stand on thelaw and order situation in the state, West Bengal Governor M KNarayanan is likely to visit Netai village in the strife-tornLalgrah area, where seven unarmed villagers were killedrecently.

"The Governor is most likely to visit the village onJanuary 19. The schedule of his visit is under preparation," aRaj Bhavan source told PTI here today.

Yesterday, Narayanan had reviewed the overallsituation arising out of the spurt in political violence inthe state with the top brass of the administration at RajBhavan.

He had summoned the Chief Secretary Samar Ghosh, HomeSecretary G D Goutama and DGP N Mukherjee and asked the stategovernment to concentrate more on the law and order situationin the state.

"It is not the time to discuss things but actproperly," the Governor had said on a number of occasions whenreporters sought his reaction on the situation.

His predecessor Gopalkrishna Gandhi had alsoundertaken a visit to the trouble-torn Nandigram in 2007 andexpressed anguish at the worsening law and order situation atthat time.

Narayanan''s move to visit Lalgarh comes a day afterthe Election Commission decided to dispatch a six-member teamof observers to the state to oversee the law and ordersituation ahead of the state Assembly polls.

Political observers feel that the ElectionCommission''s decision is an unprecedented step.

The EC team of observers will consist of senior IPSofficers and the Chief Election Officer of Bihar. PTI PB NIKHKS

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