Kolkata confidential

Nobody wants to be a part of the probe into the death of Arindam Manna — the second investigation officer in Rizwanur Rehman case.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: February 16, 2009 2:30:15 am

The curse of Riz?
Nobody wants to be a part of the probe into the death of Arindam Manna — the second investigation officer in Rizwanur Rehman case. The officers consider the probe jinxed. After the body of Manna was found from beside the railway track near Mankundu station,officers in the Seoraphuli GRP had flatly refused to become the Investigation Officers. “Sir,please do not assign me to the case. Manna was a part of Rizwanur probe,he died mysteriously. So will be my fate .The case is cursed,” one of the officers reportedly pleaded with his senior. Now even though the CID has taken over the case,the situation is yet to improve.

Counting chickens
It was all maths and no work on Thursday and Friday at the Writers’ Building. With the state government announcing its acceptance of the recommendations of the Fifth Pay Commission,the employees were busy working out how big the windfall was going to be. Leaving aside the files,people buried their noses in rough sheets. Those good at maths suddenly were in great demand and little crowds were seen gathering at some tables. “And even that was not enough. In some cases they had to call home and get the whole thing recalculated,” an employee said. The senior officers,meanwhile,were seen carrying files from one department to the other.

Speaker has spoken
The “pain” of Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee has touched hundreds of his followers in West Bengal. Chatterjee’s remark — “I have donated my body to a hospital — I am going to the hospital with the scar,” in an interview with The Indian Express,has shaken the upholders of the party’s Stalinist dogma. Those who justified Chatterjee’s expulsion,calling him “arrogant”,are now red-faced. Worse,for the first time,Chatterjee had come out in the open regarding Jyotibabu’s “request” to him to quit,putting to rest the rumours that alleged that he had turned down the veteran leader. There had been none,he had clarified,adding for good measure that had there been one,he would have done it “unquestionably,unhesitatingly”. Alimuddin Street is yet to hazard a comment on the interview. But does it mean that the ball is now in the court of Subhas Chakraborty,Chatterjee’s erstwhile champion?

What’s in a name
It was a rare faux pas by city mayor Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharyya. At a gathering in what Bhattacharyya assumed was Boral (near Garia),he dwelt for long on his experiences when the area had no civic amenities worth speaking of. And he went on to glorify efforts of KMC,which had done “so much” for the place. The speech was well received and people applauded at every word. But at the end of it,a senior citizen politely pointed out to the mayor that those new sewerage connections and civic services he was glorifying were made available in Gosthatala Kamdahari in Garia,not Boral. In fact,the place he was speaking at was Boral either,but Gosthatala Kamdahari. A visibly embarrassed mayor could only laugh off the matter saying the two areas were the same and what was there in a name.

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