A demand for redeployment of the CRPF in West Bengal's trouble-torn Nandigram area was on
Saturday turned down by the chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee at an all-party meeting held in West Bengal.
The meeting, convened by the state government in the wake of fresh outbreak of violence in the area, had no pre-set agenda and was boycotted by the Trinamool Congress and the SUCI.
The chief minister turned down the plea on the ground that the state police was competent to deal with the prevailing situation at Nandigram, party leaders who attended the meeting said.
The CRPF had been deployed there under a particular situation.
Bhattacharjee, emerging from the meeting, said "it was a good meeting". But he left without briefing the media-persons present who scrambled for vantage positions. A scuffle ensued as the security personnel stood in the way.
Representatives of the CPI(M), CPI, RSP and All India Forward Bloc all constituents of the ruling Left Front, Congress and Socialist Party, attended the meeting including the local CPI(M) MP Laxman Seth.