Noting that CBI had investigated the case and submitted its report, he said that the incident had taken place on the midnight of 17-18 December, 1995 and after that there was a non-Congress government in Delhi for eight years.
"Indrajit Gupta of CPI, who hailed from Bengal was union home minister for two years. L K Advani was union home minister for six years. Three (assembly) elections were held in West Bengal since then. This allegation was never raised," he said.
In a statement yesterday, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said that a political conspiracy had been exposed in the media behind the arms drop 16 years ago and demanded a judicial probe.
CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat had also made a similar demand and said the inquiry should be conducted by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court. န File Photo : AFP, Times Now Tv Grab
The probe-report, containing 143 pages, was uploaded on the official website of the Ministry of Finance (<http://www.mof.gov.bd>) at about 6 pm today.
Meanwhile, the Finance Minister held a press conference at the Secretariat in the evening detailing the next course of action from the government side to stabilize the capital market.
Chief Minister's office said that Khandu's helicopter had to make an emergency landing due to technical snag near Tawang but inside Bhutanese territory.
Two other passengers accompanying the Chief Minister and two crew members of the Pawan Hans Eurocopter B3 craft are also safe, the CM's office said.
Defence sources in Kolkata said the helicopter landed in Daporijo.
The other passengers are Lamu, a woman relative of the Chief Minister, his security officer Choddak, Captain Babbar and Captain Manik.
Khandu had taken off from Tawang at 9:56 am and was to land at Itanagar at 11:30 am by the chartered Pawan Hans helicopter. Tawang is about 200 kms from here. န File Photo : PTI
PTI, New Delhi, 30 April : Government tonight alerted the Department of Space and ISRO for help in locating the whereabouts of the missing helicopter carrying Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and four others.
Union Home Secretary G K Pillai said that Indian satellites have made two passes over the probable area from where the Pawan Hans helicopter went missing 20 minutes after takeoff from Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh but has not picked up any signals. Pillai said depending upon the weather tomorrow morning IAF helicopters from Dibrugarh and Jorhat will carry out aerial recee.
"We want to make Nandigram another Haldia. Haldia is a booming town now. It will continue to flourish. Thousands of people are working there. We have created Haldia. But Trinamool Congress has unleashed false propaganda and created trouble even after the announcement that we will not acquire land in Nandigram," he told an election meeting here, a short distance away from Nandigram.
Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said, "I had categorically stated that we will not acquire land in Nandigram. But they (TMC) did not stop fomenting trouble there and dug up roads."
He reiterated that to provide employment, industries have to be set up in the state. န Photo : Raghunandan Mallick
Howrah, 30 April : Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today took a dig at West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee for sharing the dais with CPI(M) leader Anil Basu who had come under fire for making derogatory remarks against her.
"The CPI(M) has a face and a mask to conceal it. While the face is used to abuse, the mask says that it is not proper to be so," Mamata told an election meeting here in Howrah district referring to the Chief Minister asking Anil Basu to apologise for his foul language.
This is the first time that the Chief Minister met Anil Basu yesterday after he censured the former party MP for using intemperate language against Mamata. Anil has been barred from addressing election meetings.
Transport Minister A T Mondal told PTI that he instructed his office to close down the company's office in Guwahati and not issue any more tickets.
Mondal said the license of Pawan Hans to operate in Meghalaya had expired long ago, but due to requirements of the service it was allowed to operate. The state, he said, would write to the Centre and call for fresh tenders for operating the service.
The lone Pawan Hans helicopter operates from Shillong to Tura via Guwahati and back daily.
"We have not blacklisted Pawan Hans. They can apply (for license) again, but they have to be competent," Mondal said.
Kolkata, 30 April : Altogether 12 Air India flights were cancelled till 5 pm today from the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport here on the fourth day of the strike of the airline's pilots, sources said.
The destinations of the cancelled flights were Mumbai, New Delhi, Guwahati, Gaya and Imphal. Air India sources here said five flights from Kolkata to Silchar, Shillong, Port Blair, Dibrugarh, Bagdogra operated as per schedule.
Organisers informed that under the broad theme of 'Contemporarising Tagore', the discussants may narrow down their focus on the sub-themes of 'Nationalism, Internationalism and Cosmopolitanism'; 'Crisis in Modern Civilisation'; 'Tagore's Humanism: Life, Gender and Religion'; 'Education and Creativity' and 'Alternative Development Strategies'.
The three-day programme, organised jointly by the Department of International Relations (DU), Visva Bharati (Shantiniketan) and Jamia Millia Islamia (Academy of Third World Studies, New Delhi), began with renditions of Bangladeshi and Indian national anthem (both written by Tagore). Renowned Indian litterateur Mahasweta Devi's inaugural address was interspersed with her childhood memories at Shantiniketan where Tagore spent a considerable part of his life. Academics, cultural personalities and students attending the seminar seemed engrossed in the 86-year-old writer and social activist's nostalgia. န Photo : Mumit M