Army rejects Mamata’s claim, says carrying out routine annual exercise

  |   India News

After Thursday night's high drama when West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee refused to leave her Secretariat, Nabanna near the Vidyasagar Setu Toll Plaza, alleging that the Army had been deployed in the area despite police objections, the Eastern Command on Friday responded to the Chief Minister's allegations saying that the Army had been in constant touch with the local police about its operations in various parts of the state.

Additional Commissioner of Police Supratim Sarkar, meanwhile, said that the Kolkata Police had objected to the exercise being carried out at the Toll Plaza and had written to the Army asking them to look for an alternate point to carry out the exercise.

On a letter dates November 25th Sarkar had responded to the Army request and had written to Administrative Commandant Colonel Surinder Mahani citing the heavy traffic flow on the highway, the toll plaza being the entry and exit points to other districts and states and the proximity to Nabanna, the West Bengal secretariat and therefore "a high security zone'' as reasons for the Army to shift its exercise elsewhere.

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