CRPF wants to shift eastern headquarters to Kolkata

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

KOLKATA - The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) plans to shift its eastern region headquarters from Jamshedpur to Kolkata, where they also want to set up an operational hub, an official said Tuesday.

“CRPF Director General K. Vijay Kumar has said they want to shift their eastern region headquarters to Kolkata. They also want to set up an operational hub in Kolkata,” state Home Secretary Samar Ghosh told mediapersons here.

Vijay Kumar also asked for 120-150 acres of land for setting up the headquarters along with the operational hub, Ghosh said.

The CRPF chief came to the state for a review meeting with senior CRPF and state police officers deployed in the three Maoist-affected districts of Bankura, Purulia, West Midnapore and Jhargram police district. He later flew in to Kolkata and met senior police officers and bureaucrats at the state secretariat - Writers’ Buildings.

Ghosh said: “Vijay Kumar has sought 10 acres of land for setting up the headquarters here in the city and also their operational hub, for which altogether 120-150 acres of land will be required.”

“Vijay Kumar said that they are facing a problem in carrying their arms and ammunition from Jamshedpur to the Maoist affected areas of the state and other parts in the eastern region. So they are interested in setting up their eastern region headquarters and the operational hub here in the city. We have assured him about the land,” he added.

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