Chief minister Mamata Banerjee is likely to visit once Maoist-hit Bandwan for the first time during her tenure on Wednesday. Her previous visit to this remote area was scheduled on 19 November, though she could not turn up due to bad weather as well as her visit to the oath-taking ceremony of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.
According to Trinamul Congress sources, the chief minister will be conducting an administrative meeting there at Bandwan besides addressing a mass gathering where she will distribute thousands of cycles among the students.
District police administration sources said that security arrangement has been tightened keeping the PLGA (People&’s Liberation Guerilla Army) week in mind, which is starting from 2 December like every year. Sources of district administration said that Banerjee will be arriving at Bandwan by helicopter which is obviously an important part of security arrangement. Two helipads are ready near the fields of the Block office and Mangla village.
A temporary police camp consisting of around sixty arms personnel including CRPF jawans has been deployed in the area of Dabludi field where the chief minister will address the mass. Several watch towers and CCTV cameras have been installed in the area as security measures.
The entire bomb squad has been reportedly combing the area for the last few days. A top official of the administration preferring anonymity said that extra precautions have been taken as central intelligence agencies have cautioned the state government concerning the recent activities of Maoists at the Jharkhand border of Bandwan.