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West Bengal fears post-poll clashes

Special Correspondent

KOLKATA: Fearing a spate of post-poll clashes, the West Bengal government has urged the Centre to allow it to retain till May 20 eight companies of the Central forces sent for the elections, Chief Secretary A.M. Chakraborty said.

The Chief Secretary and the Home Secretary held an urgent meeting with the Director- General of Police and the Inspector-General of Police (Law and Order) on Saturday to discuss the law and order situation. The City Police Commissioner was also present.

Briefing reporters at the Secretariat, Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen said two companies were proposed to be posted at Nandigram and two in Darjeeling. While Trinamool Congress candidate Suvendu Adhikari has unseated Lakshman Seth of the CPI(M) to win Tamluk, of which Nadigram is a part, the BJP has won Darjeeling.

Police Commissioner G.M. Chakraborty said 40 rapid flying squads were patrolling the city and keeping a special watch on sensitive areas and victory processions.

Left Front chief Biman Bose said several motorcycles belonging to counting agents were torched in front of the Suri camp office in Birbhum.

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