Indrani Dutta

Kolkata: The West Bengal government is set to press charges under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) against 10 persons arrested for alleged Maoist activities over the last few months.

State Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen told the media at the Secretariat: “Charges under the UAPA are proposed to be pressed against 10 persons arrested for engaging in Left-wing extremist activities.”

He said the Centre had asked for certain data against the persons arrested since the launch of the joint security operations.

The details were being sent. Six companies of the paramilitary forces withdrawn from Maoist-affected areas and diverted to Jharkhand during electioneering had now been sent back.

To a question on security at the Secretariat and other government offices in the wake of a threat issued by Maoist leader Kishenji, that his outfit had enough ammunition and skill to blow it up, Chief Secretary Ashok Mohan Chakraborti said security was being reviewed.

IGP Surojit Kar Purakayastha told journalists that 14 battalions of each State have been pressed in the joint operations.

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