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Don’t insult but consult us: Mamata to Centre


Kolkata, Oct 17 :

Accusing the BJP-led central government of not consulting West Bengal in ordering an NIA probe into the Oct 2 Burdwan blast, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday countered allegations of her government aiding infiltration saying the borders were guarded by central security forces.

Mamata BanerjeeHowever, Banerjee affirmed that her government would extend “full cooperation” to the National Investigation Agency looking into the blast at Khagragarh in Burdwan district in which two militants were killed.

“We have no problem with NIA probe. We will fully co-operate. We just want the centre to consult us before taking any decision. They should consult rather than insult.

“Infiltration is a central subject. It is not our responsibility. Borders are manned by central agencies like Border Security Force or Seema Suraksha Bal – they are responsible for infiltration,” Banerjee told the media here after a meeting with party leaders.

Stating that “there can’t be any compromise on terrorism”, Banerjee said the state police had handled the situation well in the aftermath of the blast.

“It was Ashtami (of the Durga Puja festival) when the Burdwan incident took place. Lakhs of people were celebrating Durga Puja. Eid was a few days away. Our police managed the situation well. They did a good job,” she said.