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After Change,crime unchanged

In the last eight months of the Left Front government in West Bengal,162 cases of dacoity,452 robberies and 1,202 murders were reported,as per the records of state police’s detective department — Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

Written by RAJIB CHATTERJEE | Kolkata | Published: April 28, 2012 5:01:26 am

In the last eight months of the Left Front government in West Bengal,162 cases of dacoity,452 robberies and 1,202 murders were reported,as per the records of state police’s detective department — Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

Now read this: In the first eight months of the Trinamool-led government — May 2011 to December,2011 — the CID records say that 152 incidents of dacoity,434 robberies and 1,261 murders took place in the state.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,who also holds the Home portfolio,it seems,has been unable to usher in any poriborton (change),which she had promised to the people during the election,at least when it comes to the law and order situation. In addition to this,political parties apprehend more violence in the run-up to the panchayat polls,due for May 2013.

Senior police officers,who refused to be quoted,gave mixed responses when confronted with the crime figures. “The number of incidents of dacoity and robbery has decreased,though not significantly,but the number of murder has not increased alarmingly in the new regime,” said a senior police officer. They admitted that some reform measures have been taken up by the new government,such as setting up of four new commissionerates at Howrah,Asansol-Durgapore,Bidhannagar and Barrackpore. “As a result,quality of policing has improved,” the officer added.

Among the political class,the response strictly goes according to the party lines. Ruling Trinamool Congress says law and order has “improved”,ally Congress says it’s too early to make the comparison,while Opposition Left says the situation has “only deteriorated”.

“We oppose some decisions of the state government. Only eight months have passed since the new government took charge. Eight month time is not sufficient to judge a government,” senior Congress leader Abdul Mannan told The Indian Express. “We have witnessed how the CPM used police to torture Opposition cadres. Even FIRs were not filed by the police when complaints were filed by Opposition party workers during the Left regime. So don’t compare the new government with the Left regime right now. However,we expected a little better performance,” Mannan adds.

The CPM has time and again alleged that policemen during the new regime have been acting at the instruction of the Trinamool cadres and not taking action against those who were “terrorising the Left cadres”. “During the last few years of Left rule,several CPM activists were killed by Trinamool-Maoists combine in Junglemahal. In the first few months of Trinamool regime,the law and order situation deteriorated sharply. Not only the attacks on Left cadres have gone up,even professors and common people have not been spared,” says a senior CPM leader,hinting at the arrest of Jadavpur University professor over Mamata cartoon row.

Trinamool MLA Tapan Dasgupta vehemently defends the government and slams the Left Front government for perpetuating “jungle raj” in the state. “After Trinamool came to power,many politicians said that we would take revenge,which we did not. Our leader Mamata Banerjee had time and again said ahead of the elections that we want change,not revenge. Her instruction was carried out obediently by the party workers. Some stray incidents have occurred. But on the basis of these incidents,no one should compare the Trinamool-led government with the one headed by Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee. Peace prevails everywhere in the state,” he adds.

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