Sending 4 more CRPF companies to Darjeeling, Kalimpong: Centre to SC

The bench also directed the state government to deploy additional police personnel so as to restore peace in the hills.The Centre informed the top court that it is sending additional troops to maintain law and order in the Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts of West Bengal, which have seen agitations for a separate Gorkhaland.Senior police officials here said they were yet to study the SC order but added that they would press for eight more CRPF companies as the two orders were given by two separate courts in response to two different petitions.”The present situation in the hills is very grave”, the state said in an affidavit submitted in response to a PIL filed before the bench of the chief justice. People in the hills are suffering and property being setablaze. Ration shops are closed. It seems as if the Centre and the State are not anxious. It further directed the Director General of Police to ensure safe passage of people travelling in vehicles on National Highway 10, the sole road linking West Bengal’s Siliguri to Sikkim.The administration said the Centre should not re-deploy central paramilitary forces from areas affected by so called Left Wing Extremism (LWE), and that only additional forces should be sent to Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts.Calcutta High Court today ordered the Union Government to dispatch four companies of para-military forceswithin 48-hours to the Hills and warned both Centre and State Government to prepare for outcome if they failed to restore normalcy in Darjeeling even as all economic and social activities came to a standstill with attacks and arson by suspected Gorkha activists on government establishments continuing unabated. Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty, at this point, observed that additional solicitor-general Kaushik Centre had not disputed this fact and had told the acting chief justice that those forces were now deployed to protect Amarnath pilgrims. “Without deploying the forces properly, the State Government has been demanding more”.