The West Bengal government will ensure full security to workers deputed for election duty in Paschim Medinipur, Bankura and Purulia, three districts affected by left-wing extremism (LWE).

Chief Secretary Samar Ghosh told journalists here that the full force would be present. He said this in response to queries that people were refusing to go to the three districts for fear.

The elections to the three districts, comprising 14 Assembly constituencies, will be held on May 10, the last day of the six-phase election schedule announced by the Election Commission for West Bengal.

Governor M.K. Narayanan in his address to the Assembly on Thursday said the situation was not yet totally under control although LWE activities had been checked to some extent as a result of sustained joint operations. He also pointed out that the Maoist activities had spread to several other districts.

The State government, in a report, had said that between 2009 and 2010, 333 persons, including 213 CPI(M) supporters, were killed in the three districts.


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