Six days after he was sent on compulsory waiting, IPS officer Humayun Kabir still can’t decipher the reason why was he shunted from the post of Superintendent of Police, Murshidabad.
“I don’t know why I was transferred. I am quite bewildered,” the IPS officer told The Indian Express at his home in Midnapore.
He has been replaced by C Sudhakar, deputy commissioner, Barrackpore Police. In compulsory waiting, considered a punishment in official circles, an officer is not given any post but gets the salary.
His removal has created a stir in the administrative and bureaucratic circles in West Bengal especially as Kabir is considered as one of the most trusted police officials of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Kabir was one of the officials transferred by the Election Commission ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. But Mamata had resented the decision and sent Kabir and other officials back to their original postings after the elections.
While the IPS officer says he is bewildered at the turn of events, Trinamool Congress leader from Murshidabad and former minister Humayun Kabir claims his namesake police official has been punished for “hobnobbing” with Berhampur MP and state Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.
“The IPS officer met Chowdhury secretly on a couple of occasions and I informed Didi (Mamata) about this. In fact, he was serving the interests of the Congress,” the TMC leader told The Indian Express.
The police officer, however, denied the allegation. “We have never met, let alone having any secret meeting. He did not even take my calls,” the IPS officer said.
When contacted, Chowdhury refused to comment.
Sources, meanwhile, claim that the IPS officer is being punished for threatening to arrest his namesake former minister who led a mob of TMC workers on October 9 and ransacked Shaktinagar police station. The TMC leader was demanding that the police lodge an FIR in the case of an unnatural death of a party worker. In the attack, the officer-in-charge Tuhin Biswas and some other policemen had sustained injuries and were admitted to hospital.
The IPS officer had first hit the headlines about 14 years back when during his stint in the North 24 Parganas as DSP, he arrested notorious criminal Hatkata Dilip, alleged to be close to some leaders in the CPI-M. The then left Front government had punished him by transferring him from the post.