Kolkata: In order to quell the possibilities of any untoward incident arising out of the demand of a separate state of Telangana, the Union Home Ministry has decided to dispatch the Central paramilitary forces deployed in Jangal Mahal in West Bengal to Andhra Pradesh.

Three companies of the Central Forces left for Andhra Pradesh from Howrah Railway station on Thursday. Two more companies would be sent to Andhra Pradesh in the coming few days.

At a time when Maoists are trying to revive its organization in Jangal Mahal, the Centre government decision for withdrawal of the Central Forces from the Maoist-hit areas has given rise to a debate.

Defending the move, the West Bengal administration said the Central Forces being dispatched to Andhra Pradesh were deployed in the state during the assembly polls. According to state authorities, the Central Forces were deployed for a longer period to minimize the possibilities of post poll violence.

An official at Howrah station told reporters that these Central Forces were not a part of joint operation being conducted in Jungal Mahal area. He further claimed that previously too Central Forces posted in Bengal had been shifted to Andhra Pradesh.

Whereas, sources in the state government said that keeping in mind the possibilities of outbreak of violence due to the Telangana issue, the Union Home Ministry has issued directions to dispatch the Central Forces posted in West Bengal to Andhra Pradesh.

JPN/Bureau