Kolkata: Satisfied over the law and order situation in the state, the Central government has started withdrawing para-military forces from West Bengal. However, the other forces would continue to stay put in the naxal-infested Jangalmahal.

The Union Home Ministry sources said Mamata Banerjee government had sent a report claiming improvement in law and order situation in the state.

Expressing satisfaction over the security concerns, the Union Home Ministry decided to give a green signal to withdrawal of forces barring those deployed in Jangalmahal.

The forces have started withdrawing from the state and it will make an exit by the end of this month only.

Notably, the Centre had decided to let security forces deployed in the state even after the Assembly elections, due to apprehensions of post poll violence.

Evidently, nearly 701 central forces companies were deployed in the state in the run up to the elections. Post-elections, 144 companies were retained to quell any sort of violence.

Moreover, 42 companies of para-military were deployed in Naxal-hit districts of Purulia, Bankura and Midnapore.

According to sources in Writers’ Buildings, the forces would be withdrawn from these districts only after the Chief Minister engages the Naxals into talks. But that is likely to happen only after she is over with her current assignment – solving Darjeeling issue.

JPN/Bureau