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Updated: November 11, 2009 22:23 IST

Lalgarh operation will continue, says Pranab

Marcus Dam
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Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi on Tuesday. Mukherjee has said that anti-Maoist operations in the Lalgarh area will continue. Photo: R.V. Moorthy
The Hindu Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi on Tuesday. Mukherjee has said that anti-Maoist operations in the Lalgarh area will continue. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

The joint security operation to flush out Maoists and activists of the Police Santrash Birodhi Janasadharaner Committee in Lalgarh and adjacent areas in the State's Paschim Medinipur district will continue for as long as necessary, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said here on Wednesday.“

The joint operation was a decision taken by the Centre and the State government. The forces will continue to be there till they [the Centre and the State] think that the situation is under control,” Mr. Mukherjee, who is also president of the West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee, said.

Mamata Banerjee, chief of the Trinamool and Union Minister has alleged that in the name of the joint operation, activists of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) were conducting “their own operation” against the people in the region.

Reinforcement

The Central Paramilitary Forces and the State Armed Police launched the operation on June 18. Only recently six companies of Central forces arrived to supplement the 17 already deployed there.

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