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Central team ends WB visit, avoids volatile areas

india Updated: Dec 02, 2009 22:00 IST

Contrary to expectations of the Trinamool Congress, the Central team on Wednesday avoided going to violence-hit areas in West Bengal as it had demanded, but submitted a "suggestion" to the government.

The "suggestion" handed over to the government by the team despatched by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram at the insistence of the Trinamool Congress, a major ally of the UPA, "might be related to better maintenance of law and order in affected areas", officials said.

The team, headed by Additional Secretary (Home) D R S Chowdhury, held a meeting with magistrates and police superintendents of nine violence-affected districts at the state secretariat -- Writers' Buildings.

The team met DMs and SPs of Hooghly, West and East Midnapore, South and North 24-Parganas, Burdwan, Darjeeling, Birbhum and Bankura and discussed law and order, Maoist violence, the problem in Darjeeling and in the Dooars.

The team, which held three meetings with top state officials, also met Chief Secretary Asok Mohan Chakraborty for a "wrap-up". Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen and Director-General of Police Bhupinder Singh were present.

The chief secretary briefed Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee about the meetings.

There was no official briefing.