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Army out on streets, 'emergency like' situation in Bengal likely: Trinamool

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Seeking clarification from Defence Minister over the deployment of army personnel across the state, the (TMC) on Friday said that it seemed the central is trying to create an 'emergency like' situation in

Speaking to ANI, TMC leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay said it is a 'grave' situation when a Chief Minister is being continuously harassed and 'her life is in danger'.

"Want a clarification by Defence Minister on army deployment in Bengal, we will be very vocal about this in both the houses. It is a grave situation when a Chief Minister is being continuously harassed and her life is in danger.

Without intimating state Govt, the way they are operating the whole system it is unbelievable and it seems that some emergency is going to be proclaimed in West Bengal," he said.

"Suddenly it was seen that army are covering big important toll plazas and they are controlling bridges under the state Without intimating the state government, just near the secretariat of government," he added.

Targeting once again at the Centre, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed that it had deployed army near two of the highway toll collection points.

A day after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accused the Centre of deploying the army near two of the highway toll collection points, the BJP today called her accusations as baseless.

Reacting to her statement, BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh, said that it seems the chief minister continues to be in shock after the demonetisation as at first she had apprehensions about less fuel in flight and then related a regular army exercise to a coup.

Stating that Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is still staying put at the state secretariat Nabanna to protest against the deployment of the army in the area, MP Derek O'Brien said the army personnel were still deployed in over one dozen districts of Bengal.

The army, meanwhile has maintained, that the presence of army personnel in the state was "routine" and in a Tweet, the army maintained, "Routine exercise in all NE states. In Assam @ 18 places, Arunanchal@13, WB@19, Manipur@6, Nagaland@5, Meghalaya@5, Tripura & Mizoram@1@adgpi."

However Bengal Chief secretary, Home Secretary and Kolkata police commissioner maintained that no contact was made by the army. Kolkata Police added that they had, in fact, refuted the army exercise citing "security" reasons and "traffic".

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First Published: Fri, December 02 2016. 11:32 IST