Law and order situation in the wake of Jalpaiguri blasts also figure in the talks

Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami met Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the Secretariat on Tuesday and Bangladesh figured largely in the talks, it was learnt. West Bengal’s law and order situation in the wake of the recent blasts at Jalpaiguri, where six persons died, was also discussed.

“We discussed law and order situation of the State. We discussed other things also,” Mr. Goswami told journalists while leaving the State Secretariat. “The State government has asked for funds for some projects. We have requested it to send proposals.”

Though officials of the State government did not divulge much, State Home Secretary Basudeb Banerjee said “80 per cent” of the talks centred on the situation in Bangladesh. The neighbouring nation, with whom India shares its largest international border, goes to the polls on January 5 and is being wracked by unrest.

The Union Home Secretary has sought a detailed report from the Border Security Force on the situation along the border and the forces have been asked to seal the borders.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sought to describe the meeting as a courtesy visit.