No arms recovered from camps: CRPF

Kolkata: The CRPF on Saturday said it has not been able to recover any arms from the camps allegedly run by the CPI(M) in Lalgarh and its adjoining districts of West Bengal.

"A list was given to us by the rpt High rpt Court mentioning the location of armed camps in the three districts (Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia) and we disributed the list to the field officers so that they can conduct raids in their areas," IG (CRPF) T B Rao told PTI.

"The raids are being conducted for a week or so but so far there has not been any positive result," Rao said, adding that by "positive result", he meant that no weapons have been recovered from the camps.

When asked whether they had searched all the camps in the list provided by the court, he said, "No we have not been able to conduct search operations in all the camps but a considerable number has been searched and there has been no positive result."

"More search operations will continue," Rao added.

The state government had come under severe criticism when nine people were killed allegedly by armed CPI(M) cadres at Netai in West Midnapore on January 7.

The Left Front government has been accused of misusing the joint forces only to help the CPI(M) cadres to gather arms and gain ground in the three districts which was under the control of Maoists for a long time.