Undeterred by the biggest-ever Maoist attack in West Bengal, government on Tuesday said, the joint operation by the combined forces would continue in state’s western part.

“Joint operation will continue despite the Maoist offensive at an EFR camp at Silda in West Midnapore district,” West Bengal chief secretary, Asok Mohan Chakraborty, said.

Ruling out any suspension of the joint operation, he said that Monday’s armed attack on the jawans once again proved that the Maoists were desperate to disrupt normal life.

At least 24 Eastern Frontier Rifle jawans were killed on Monday when the ultras overran their camp at Silda in West Midnapore after setting it on fire.

Mr. Chakraborty said three people have been arrested in connection with the attack.

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