Statesman News Service
Kolkata, 5 December:
The departmental probe ordered by home secretary Basudeb Banerjee into the alleged arson bid at Writers’ Buildings, has put a scanner on the roles of Registrar of Publications, Mr Bishmoy Roy and Kolkata Police’s officer-in-charge for Writers’ Buildings’ security, Mr Madan Gopal Santra.
While a question has been raised as to how Mr Roy renewed insecticide sprayer Jyotirmoy Nandi’s contract “without adhering to official procedures”; Mr Santra’s role has come under question for the police allowing the insecticide sprayer to enter Writers’ Buildings without any identity card.
Mr Nandi is now in police custody on the charge of trying to set ablaze Writers’ Buildings.
The probe report that was submitted to the home secretary today has pointed out that Mr Nandi’s contract was not properly renewed after it had expired in 2010 and instead Mr Roy gave him an extention on his own. Mr Roy’s comments in the media giving the arrested insecticide sprayer a clean chit has also been termed as “a gross violation of the West Bengal Service Rules”, suggesting that a show-cause notice may be served on him for this.
As regards, the role of the OC, it has been pointed out that action may be taken by an appropriate authority for the police allowing Mr Nandi to enter Writers’ Buildings without a valid identity card or pass over the past two months, ever since the office of the Registrar of Publications was relocated from Bhavani Bhavan.
The report has been sent to chief minister Mamata Banerjee, a source said.
Meanwhile, Mr Roy today wrote to the home secretary stating that Mr Nandi was “innocent and had no malice or bad intention”. Mr Roy has mentioned that on 29 November Mr Nandi had carried out a routine pest control exercise for which he was appointed by the department.