As the operation against Maoists in Lalgarh entered a crucial phase, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister P Chidamabaram on Saturday and apprised them of the situation in the area.
During his 35-minute meeting with Chidambaram at his North Block office, Bhattacharjee is understood to have briefed the Home Minister about the steps being taken to end the stand-off. The Chief Minister, who was accompanied by senior state government officials, also met the Prime Minister to discuss the prevailing situation in the Maoist-dominated area.
The meeting with Chidamabaram came two days after he spoke to Bhattacharjee and told him that the state must move its forces to the troubled areas with clear instructions totackle the situation. The security forces, including paramilitary personnel, entered Lalgarh on Saturday to reclaim the area from Maoist-backed tribals.