West Midnapore police denies existence of armed camps

Kolkata, Jan 13 (PTI) West Midnapore Police has flatlydenied Trinamool Congress'' charge that CPI-M was running campsof armed cadre in the district.

"Political parties have made complaints about thepresence of armed cadres and camps in the district in the lastfew months. All these allegations have been verified and noarmed miscreant could be found as on date," West Midnapore SPManoj Verma said in a report, parts of which was quoted in anaffidavit affirmed by the West Bengal government today beforethe Calcutta High Court.

Verma, however, said, "Though no presence of any armedmiscreant in the political camps could be found duringverification as reported by OCs and ICs of the district, thepresence of armed miscreants supported by various politicalparties cannot be ruled out."

The SP''s report said that most of the allegations ofarmed camps were related to Goaltore, Kotwali, Salboni andLalgarh police station areas.

The report said that due to large-scale Maoistviolence, political party workers had to flee their homes inthe villages, but after police action many were returning.

"But due to damage of their household properties andalso because of sense of fear they are forced to stay in acommunity manner in various houses of the village or sheltersprovided by the political parties," the report said.

Verma stated that in the last two years, the jointforces recovered a huge number of arms and ammunition,including 250 illegal arms, over 270 landmines and 3000 roundsof ammunition.

"However, it may be noted that the period includes theheydays of PCPA, a Maoist front organisation and the Maoiststhemselves in the area.

"These organisations have been on the backfoot for thelast few months as the CPI(M) has regained much of the lostground in these areas. The seizure of huge arms andammunitions in the district in last two years indicates this,"Verma said in his report.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice J N Pateland Justice A K Roy had on January 11 directed the West Bengalgovernment to file an affidavit on a PIL demanding a CBI probeinto the firing at Lalgarh on January seven which left sevenvillagers dead and also on steps to dismantle armed campsallegedly run by CPI-M cadres.

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