W Bengal CM Buddhadeb meets Manmohan Singh

      West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh here today. According to official sources, both reportedly discussed the Maoist-related problems in the State. Buddhadeb earlier had talks with Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram in this regard. The Chief Minister's meeting was the first after the arrest of Naxalite leader Chhatradhar Mahato. Mahato, the leader of the People's Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA), which has been spearheading the agitation against alleged police atrocities, was nabbed from the Pirka region, near Lalgarh village. Mahato was about to give an interview to a journalist when he was apprehended. Mahato had been giving regular interviews when the paramilitary forces and the state police had launched the anti-Maoist operations in Lalgarh, a place declared as a liberated zone by the Maoists, on June 19 forcing him to go underground for some time. The tribals under Mahato had a free run for nine months with the police withdrawing from the camps, before the paramilitary troops captured Lalgarh from the Maoists who were fuelling the tribal agitations.

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