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Police warn of violence

Kolkata Police has identified areas in the city, which could witness severe post-poll violence after the election results are out on May 13. Soumen Datta reports.

kolkata Updated: May 05, 2011 17:28 IST
Soumen Datta

Kolkata Police has identified areas in the city, which could witness severe post-poll violence after the election results are out on May 13.

Police stations such as Beliaghata, Manicktala, Ultadanga, Phoolbagan, Kalighat, Lake, Tollygunge, Topsia and Karaya have been marked as

tension-prone. The police are apprehending violence whatever the result. Twelve companies of central paramilitary forces would be deployed in the city to prevent violence.

The police have smelt the undercurrent of intimidation between CPI(M) and Trinamool Congress. “Trinamool supporters have already prepared a list of opponent party workers to teach them a lesson. Similarly, the CPI(M) has also marked Trinamool Congress’s party workers who would be punished for shifting camp after the last Lok Sabha polls in 2009 and working hard for Trinamool candidates this election,” said an officer of Manicktala police station.

The police intelligence said that potential violence could take place in the areas where the CPI(M) was strong. And if the party loses, its cadres would be the target of Trinamool supporters. Similarly, if the ruling party manages to retain victory or snatch a seat from the Opposition camp, the situation would be far worse.

“We do not want to take any chances here in Beliaghata. As the area is politically sensitive and has a history of major political violence we have taken the help of central forces. From today, two sections of CRPF have started patrolling lanes and by lanes of the area to prevent any violence,” said Tapan Saha, officer-in-charge, Beliaghata police station.

Earlier, the chief secretary, fearing post-poll violence, said the government wants to retain central paramilitary forces in the state even after the polls are over. The state government as well as Election Commission are of the view that sufficient numbers of central paramilitary forces must be retained to combat political clashes.

“In Kolkata, a total of 12 companies of central forces would be deployed to prevent post-poll violence. Now we have three companies, which have already been deployed in the city to help maintain law and order and guard strong rooms where EVMs have been kept. We are expecting another nine companies in a day or two for result day deployment,” said Jawed Shamim, joint commissioner of police (headquarters).