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Karim seeks crackdown on arms

Raiganj, June 10: Islampur MLA and minister for mass education and library services Chowdhury Abdul Karim has convened a meeting here tomorrow to discuss a crackdown on illegal arms in his constituency which has been wracked by political violence for the past eight years.

“There are large caches of arms with political parties and the criminals backed by them in our subdivision. Even elections to school management committees are marred by violence in which guns and bombs are used indiscriminately. Mamata Banerjee has asked me to take up the matter with the district administration,” said Karim.

The minister said he would sit with the civil and police officials at Karnajora on Saturday. “I will tell the district magistrate and the police superintendent that the chief minister wants them to crack down on illegal arms. I have invited the representatives of other political parties also to the meeting,” said the minister.

Islampur has been frequently rocked by clashes between Congress and CPM supporters ever since 2003 when former CPM MLA Akbar Ali was beaten to death in Chopra.

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