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Army personnel removed from toll plaza after Mamata's protest

The army personnel have moved away from the toll plaza near West Bengal state Secretariat Nabanna on intervening hours on Friday as demanded by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Sakshi Chaturvedi

Sakshi ChaturvediBy Sakshi Chaturvedi

Published on 2 Dec 2016 5:37 AM GMT

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Kolkata: The army personnel have moved away from the toll plaza near West Bengal state Secretariat Nabanna in the intervening night of Thursday and Friday as demanded by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

According to the eye witnesses who passed by the toll plaza of the second Hoogly bridge, the army men were no longer present there. The army though removed from toll plaza but still is present in Nabanna. A temporary shed that had been set up for them was also removed.

The WB chief minister who stayed put in her secretariat office after she threatened not to leave her office until army personnel were withdrawn from the two toll plazas on a national highway.

She blamed the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government of creating worse situation than Emergency by positioning Army officials at the toll plazas without providing any info to her government.

What Mamata had said earlier?

  • The state government hasn’t been informed anything about the deployment of Army officials at the two toll plazas. Its a very serious situation that is worse than Emergency.
  • The Centre has launched an attack on the federal structure by doing this. We want details why the decision was taken. The Chief Secretary is writing a letter to the Centre. If I get an opportunity, I would personally talk to the President over the issue.
  • “Has Emergency been imposed in the country without declaration?”she questioned.
  • Army is our asset which makes us feel proud. We take their help in times of major disaster or communal flare up. I don’t understand what actually has happened. Even if there is mock-trial, state government isn’t informed.

Sakshi Chaturvedi

Sakshi Chaturvedi

A journalist, presently working as a Sub-Editor at newstrack.com.

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