A day after he came back from the hospital where he was admitted for treatment following his suicide attempt, Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh who has been in jail for his alleged involvement in the Saradha scam, has put the authorities in further trouble by going on a hunger strike since Monday, demanding that those who had been suspended for dereliction of duty be reinstated immediately.
In fact, not only Ghosh, the powerful Bangiya Kararakshi Samity (Jail guards’ union), affiliated with the Trinamool Congress, also severely criticised its own government’s decision to punish the jail officials.
Following the suspended MP’s suicide attempt at Presidency Jail on November 14 the state government suspended jail superintendent Naveen Saha and warders Krishnendu Roy and Kedar Roy for negligence of duty. It has also removed the doctor Gautam Dasgupta who is on contract, from duty.
According to a jail department official Ghosh, who has not eaten anything since Monday morning, says he will remain on hunger strike till the officials were taken back.
When asked about it, the new Superintendent Sudipto Chakrabarty said he did not want to comment. “I am not a spokesperson for the jail department so I do not want to say anything on this,” Chakrabarty told The Indian Express. Ghosh has also found support from the Jail Guards Union affiliated with both the ruling Trinamool Congress and the opposition.
Sukumar Mukherjee, Presidency Jail Zonal Committee secretary of Bangiya Kararakshi Samity, affiliated with the Trinamool Congress said, “Kunal Ghosh is a very good actor and on Friday he playacted a very good drama. And it will be very unfortunate if you put some officials in the dock for this swindler. We will take the matter up with Partha da (Partha Chaterjee, party secretary general) and if necessary. Didi herself.”
His view were echoed by Gopal Sarkar, secretary of Paschimbanga Karakshi Samity, affiliated with RSP. “The officials were very honest and upright and action against them is quite undesirable. It will break the morale of the employees,” he said.