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Siliguri top cop transferred,Opposition cries foul

IN a reshuffle after the April 10 clash between the CPM and ruling Trinamool Congress workers in Siliguri,the state government today removed the city’s police commissioner.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Kolkata/siliguri | Published: April 20, 2013 4:22:27 am

IN a reshuffle after the April 10 clash between the CPM and ruling Trinamool Congress workers in Siliguri,the state government today removed the city’s police commissioner.

Official sources said Anand Kumar,chief of Siliguri Police Commissionerate,was shifted as DIG,Training of West Bengal Police.

K Jayaraman,DIG anti-corruption branch,has been appointed the new Siliguri Police Commissioner,sources said.

A clash between the two parties took place after bottles filled with liquid were allegedly thrown from CPM party office when a procession of Trinamool workers passed by it.

The procession was taken out to protest the attack on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Finance Minister Amit Mitra by activists of CPI-M affiliated SFI in New Delhi the previous day.

Ashok Bhattacharya,CPM state committee member and former minister,and Jibesh Sarkar,CPM Darjeeling district secretary,were present at the party office during the incident and were arrested along with 49 others and later released on bail.

The CPM,meanwhile,alleged that the government was shifting IAS and IPS officers frequently to different places which is making people feel “insecure” in the state.

Apparently referring to the removal of Siliguri Police Commissioner Anand Kumar,Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Surya Kanta Mishra said said “such frequent shifting of top officers only gives rise to the sense of insecurity among people.”

“Why is this government only shifting its top grade officers? Why it is not shuffling its ministers from other departments?”,the former Health Minister asked at a party convention here.

The convention,held in the aftermath of the April 10 clash between the two parties in the city,was protesting against alleged Trinamool atrocities and attacks on opposition forces and democratic culture.

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