As the operation against Maoists in Lalgarh entered a crucial phase, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Saturday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister P Chidamabaram and apprised them of the situation there.
During his 35-minute meeting with Chidambaram at his North Block office, Bhattacharjee is understood to have briefed the Home Minister about the steps being taken to end the stand-off.
The Chief Minister, who was accompanied by senior state government officials, also met the Prime Minister to discuss the prevailing situation in the Maoist-dominated area.
The meeting with Chidamabaram came two days after he spoke to Bhattacharjee and told him that the state must move its forces to the troubled areas with clear instructions to tackle the situation.
The security forces, including paramilitary personnel, entered Lalgarh on Saturday morning to reclaim the area from Maoist-backed tribals.