THB MIRIK BUREAU
MIRIK, 28 OCTOBER 2017: Paramilitary forces were withdrawn from Mirik today as per the order passed by the Supreme Court yesterday allowing the Centre to withdraw forces from Darjeeling Hills as reported on The Himalayan Beacon yesterday. All the paramilitary forces stationed at Mirik Sub Divisional Police Office were removed.
Supreme Court had permitted the Centre to withdraw seven of the 15 companies of Central Armed Paramilitary Forces (CAPF) from strife-torn Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts of West Bengal for deployment in poll-bound states of Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat.
Observing that law and order was a “state subject”, a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra stayed the Calcutta High Court order restraining the Centre from relocating the paramilitary forces from the state’s strife-torn districts and asked the state government to respond to the Centre’s appeal within a week.
The High Court had asked the Centre to allow all 15 companies of paramilitary forces to remain in the state.
The bench, which also comprised Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud had said it would examine “under which jurisdiction, the High Court can ask central government to provide or not to provide security forces”.
“We will issue notice (to West Bengal government) let them file the reply. Meanwhile, we will stay the High Court proceedings,” the bench said, adding that it would examine the entire issue in a “holistic” manner.
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