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SC to hear Centre's plea on withdrawal of forces from Darjeeling

The West Bengal govt had written to Centre seeking extended deployment of CAPF till Dec 25

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Tripods of television crew stand in front of the Indian Supreme Court building in New Delhi
Tripods of television crew stand in front of the Indian Supreme Court building in New Delhi. Photo: Reuters

The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear the Centre's plea challenging the Calcutta High Court order on withdrawal of security forces from and Kalimpong in

A bench of Justices and S Abdul Nazeer said the matter will be listed on October 27.


Appearing for the Centre, advocate Wasim Qadri said the Calcutta High Court had on October 17 stayed the withdrawal of security forces from the disturbed areas of and Kalimpong.

He said the Centre needs to deploy forces in the poll-bound states of and Himachal Pradesh.

Some forces also need to be deployed along the borders of and in the north-eastern states, he added.

The Calcutta High Court had stayed the withdrawal of Central Armed Paramilitary Forces (CAPF) from the hills, the scene of unrest over the statehood demand, till October 27 after the state approached it against the Centre's decision.

The high court had on July 14 directed the Centre to deploy four more companies of CAPF in addition to the 11 that was already present in the hills then.

The had written to the Centre seeking extended deployment of CAPF till December 25, but was told that of the 15 companies present, 10 would be withdrawn on October 15 and the rest by October 20.

The state was later informed by the Centre that three companies of women CRPF personnel of the 10 proposed to be withdrawn on October 15 would stay there till October 20, he said.

The counsel for the central had claimed that the situation in the hills had improved compared to July when the order on deployment of paramilitary contingents had been passed by the high court.

First Published: Wed, October 25 2017. 13:22 IST
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