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Army formations annual data collection exercise, says Bengal Area GoC

ANI  |  Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] 

Notwithstanding Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's allegations that army was deployed at two toll plazas on National Highway 2 in without informing the state "which is unprecedented and serious matter", General Officer Commanding (GOC), (Headquarters), Bengal Area, Major General said army formations in Eastern Command at local levels are carrying out routine annual data collection exercises on availability of load carriers at all major entry points in various states in coordination with local police authorities.

"This is an exercise carried out for our operational purposes, which will terminate to its logical end tonight. They are only collecting data of heavy vehicles, which is an annual exercise being carried out every year. Similar exercises are also being carried out in Jharkhand, and from September 26 to October1 this year," said Maj. Gen. Yadav.

Terming the allegations of money collection from commuters at the toll counters at at Dankuni toll plaza in Hooghly district and Pallsit toll plaza in Burdwan district "baseless", the GoC said, "You must be aware that we have specific targets, specific information and data to be collected. On the completion of data collection at Nabanno, the Bengal State Secretariat, the team was withdrawn last night around 12 o'clock. We were there for almost for 36 hours."

"Since it is a major point, we achieved our data and we withdrew. In the entire northeast, 80 search points have been established, and as I said the exercise continuing most of the places including the toll plazas here and Nabanno," he added.

Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's allegation that the state's rights are being impinged upon by the Centre was a clear sign of her political frustration, and added that it is saddening to see her and other opposition parties questioning the credibility of the while it was performing a routine annual military exercise.

Addressing the lower house of the Parliament, Parrkiar asserted that the deployment of army is a routine exercise being carried out since many years.

"It is army's routine exercise being carried out since many years. It also took place on 19th and 21st November last year too. Saddening that a routine exercise has been made a controversy now," he said.

"Concerned officials were intimated by Army this year too. Original dates were 28,29 and 30December but were changed to 1st and 2nd December later," he added.

Echoing similar sentiments Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu told the Rajya Sabha that was informed about the drill, while urging the Upper House to not drag the in to an unwarranted controversy.

"It is a sensitive matter as it pertains to the Army, let us not derail from important issues, said Naidu.

"Bengal was taken into confidence, it happened last year as well and last to last year. Let's not drag Army into controversy," said Naidu.

Hysteria gripped yesterday night after chief minister decided not to go home and instead stayed put at the state secretariat Nabanna to protest against the "sudden deployment" of the army in the area.

Banerjee camped overnight at her office in the secretariat in Kolkata, objecting to the presence of Army jawans at toll booths, one just 500 metres from where she was.

"Is this a military coup?" the Banerjee asked, alleging that the state had been had not been informed about what the Army said was a routine exercise that it was conducting across eastern states.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Army formations annual data collection exercise, says Bengal Area GoC

Notwithstanding Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's allegations that army was deployed at two toll plazas on National Highway 2 in West Bengal without informing the state government "which is unprecedented and serious matter", General Officer Commanding (GOC), (Headquarters), Bengal Area, Major General Sunil Yadav said army formations in Eastern Command at local levels are carrying out routine annual data collection exercises on availability of load carriers at all major entry points in various states in coordination with local police authorities."This is an exercise carried out for our operational purposes, which will terminate to its logical end tonight. They are only collecting data of heavy vehicles, which is an annual exercise being carried out every year. Similar exercises are also being carried out in Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar from September 26 to October1 this year," said Maj. Gen. Yadav.Terming the allegations of money collection from commuters at the toll ...

Notwithstanding Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's allegations that army was deployed at two toll plazas on National Highway 2 in without informing the state "which is unprecedented and serious matter", General Officer Commanding (GOC), (Headquarters), Bengal Area, Major General said army formations in Eastern Command at local levels are carrying out routine annual data collection exercises on availability of load carriers at all major entry points in various states in coordination with local police authorities.

"This is an exercise carried out for our operational purposes, which will terminate to its logical end tonight. They are only collecting data of heavy vehicles, which is an annual exercise being carried out every year. Similar exercises are also being carried out in Jharkhand, and from September 26 to October1 this year," said Maj. Gen. Yadav.

Terming the allegations of money collection from commuters at the toll counters at at Dankuni toll plaza in Hooghly district and Pallsit toll plaza in Burdwan district "baseless", the GoC said, "You must be aware that we have specific targets, specific information and data to be collected. On the completion of data collection at Nabanno, the Bengal State Secretariat, the team was withdrawn last night around 12 o'clock. We were there for almost for 36 hours."

"Since it is a major point, we achieved our data and we withdrew. In the entire northeast, 80 search points have been established, and as I said the exercise continuing most of the places including the toll plazas here and Nabanno," he added.

Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's allegation that the state's rights are being impinged upon by the Centre was a clear sign of her political frustration, and added that it is saddening to see her and other opposition parties questioning the credibility of the while it was performing a routine annual military exercise.

Addressing the lower house of the Parliament, Parrkiar asserted that the deployment of army is a routine exercise being carried out since many years.

"It is army's routine exercise being carried out since many years. It also took place on 19th and 21st November last year too. Saddening that a routine exercise has been made a controversy now," he said.

"Concerned officials were intimated by Army this year too. Original dates were 28,29 and 30December but were changed to 1st and 2nd December later," he added.

Echoing similar sentiments Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu told the Rajya Sabha that was informed about the drill, while urging the Upper House to not drag the in to an unwarranted controversy.

"It is a sensitive matter as it pertains to the Army, let us not derail from important issues, said Naidu.

"Bengal was taken into confidence, it happened last year as well and last to last year. Let's not drag Army into controversy," said Naidu.

Hysteria gripped yesterday night after chief minister decided not to go home and instead stayed put at the state secretariat Nabanna to protest against the "sudden deployment" of the army in the area.

Banerjee camped overnight at her office in the secretariat in Kolkata, objecting to the presence of Army jawans at toll booths, one just 500 metres from where she was.

"Is this a military coup?" the Banerjee asked, alleging that the state had been had not been informed about what the Army said was a routine exercise that it was conducting across eastern states.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Army formations annual data collection exercise, says Bengal Area GoC

Notwithstanding Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's allegations that army was deployed at two toll plazas on National Highway 2 in without informing the state "which is unprecedented and serious matter", General Officer Commanding (GOC), (Headquarters), Bengal Area, Major General said army formations in Eastern Command at local levels are carrying out routine annual data collection exercises on availability of load carriers at all major entry points in various states in coordination with local police authorities.

"This is an exercise carried out for our operational purposes, which will terminate to its logical end tonight. They are only collecting data of heavy vehicles, which is an annual exercise being carried out every year. Similar exercises are also being carried out in Jharkhand, and from September 26 to October1 this year," said Maj. Gen. Yadav.

Terming the allegations of money collection from commuters at the toll counters at at Dankuni toll plaza in Hooghly district and Pallsit toll plaza in Burdwan district "baseless", the GoC said, "You must be aware that we have specific targets, specific information and data to be collected. On the completion of data collection at Nabanno, the Bengal State Secretariat, the team was withdrawn last night around 12 o'clock. We were there for almost for 36 hours."

"Since it is a major point, we achieved our data and we withdrew. In the entire northeast, 80 search points have been established, and as I said the exercise continuing most of the places including the toll plazas here and Nabanno," he added.

Defence Minister Manohar Parikkar said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's allegation that the state's rights are being impinged upon by the Centre was a clear sign of her political frustration, and added that it is saddening to see her and other opposition parties questioning the credibility of the while it was performing a routine annual military exercise.

Addressing the lower house of the Parliament, Parrkiar asserted that the deployment of army is a routine exercise being carried out since many years.

"It is army's routine exercise being carried out since many years. It also took place on 19th and 21st November last year too. Saddening that a routine exercise has been made a controversy now," he said.

"Concerned officials were intimated by Army this year too. Original dates were 28,29 and 30December but were changed to 1st and 2nd December later," he added.

Echoing similar sentiments Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu told the Rajya Sabha that was informed about the drill, while urging the Upper House to not drag the in to an unwarranted controversy.

"It is a sensitive matter as it pertains to the Army, let us not derail from important issues, said Naidu.

"Bengal was taken into confidence, it happened last year as well and last to last year. Let's not drag Army into controversy," said Naidu.

Hysteria gripped yesterday night after chief minister decided not to go home and instead stayed put at the state secretariat Nabanna to protest against the "sudden deployment" of the army in the area.

Banerjee camped overnight at her office in the secretariat in Kolkata, objecting to the presence of Army jawans at toll booths, one just 500 metres from where she was.

"Is this a military coup?" the Banerjee asked, alleging that the state had been had not been informed about what the Army said was a routine exercise that it was conducting across eastern states.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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