Kolkata, Dec 2: West Bengal Chief Mamata Banerjee on Thursday alleged that the Centre deployed army personnel at two toll plazas NH 2 without informing the state government. She said that the move clearly violates the nation’s federal structure and termed it as a “black day”. West Bengal police said, ” almost all areas of West Bengal army has been deployed without consent of the State government.”
Following which Defecne CPRO said that army has been asked to withdraw from specific point. “The requisite data gathered and Army has been asked to withdraw from specific point, would be deployed elsewhere tomorrow,” said Defence CPRO.
Banerjee said that army was deployed at two toll plazas without informing the state. She said, “They are normally deployed during disasters. This is clearly a black day.” Attacking the Centre, she said, “The state was not informed about this development. In a federal structure, the functions of Centre and state are clearly divided. But this act clearly violates our jurisdiction.” (ALSO READ: Mamata Banerjee refuses to leave office, protests presence of Army at toll plaza)
Reportedly, at least six vehicles of military police were spotted at the toll plaza Vidyasagar Setu. Army later cofirmed to be a mere routine exercise. To which Banerjee said that permission of the government is required even if the army was to conduct a mock trial in the state. “Even if the army conducted mock trial, the permission of the state should have been sought,” she said.
Mamata also said she would not take the incident lightly and meet President Pranab Mukherjee and apprise him of the matter. She said, “The Chief Secretary is writing to the Centre. I will approach the President regarding deployment of army without our knowledge.”