The West Bengal government on Friday said the anti-Maoist operations by police and Central para-military forces would continue in West Midnapore district.
"The operations against Maoists will not end quickly. They are continuing. The Centre has accepted that the security forces need to stay in West Midnapore," State Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen told reporters in Midnapore.
The state government has also requested Jharkhand to launch operations against Maoists, as they have their bases there from where they infiltrate into West Bengal, he said.
Meanwhile, tribal women members of People's Committee against Police Atrocities demonstrated before the police station at Pirakata demanding release of eight PCPA supporters arrested recently by security forces.
The eight had been arrested following an encounter between Maoists and security forces, police said.
The PCPA members also blocked roads in Lalagarh, Salboni, Goaltore, Kotwali, Binpur and Belpahari areas in the district, they said.
The joint forces are encamped in these areas.