Banerjee said that she has sought time to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the issue.
Days after the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights chairman, Priyank Kanoongo, claimed to have been assaulted at Tiljila police station, the Kolkata police on Sunday said a case was registered against the accused West Bengal Police officer.
“This is to state that on the basis of the letter of complaint submitted by Shri Priyank Kanoongo, Chair Person of NCPCR, Govt. of India a specific case has been registered vide Tiljala PS Case No. 82 dated 31.03.2023 u/s- 323/353/341/506/34 IPC against Shri Biswak Mukherjee, Officer-in-Charge of Tiljala PS, Kolkata. The investigation of the case is in progress,” read an official statement from the Deputy Commissioner of Police South East Division, Kolkata. The NCPCR chairman on March 31 alleged that an officer of West Bengal Police had beaten him up at the Tiljila police station when he protested against them for allegedly recording proceedings of the commission’s probe.
Taking to Twitter, he posted, “Bengal police officer Biswak Mukherjee snatched and beat me up at Tiljila police station in West Bengal.”
He claimed that the Bengal police were surreptitiously recording the investigation proceedings of the NCPCR in connection with the murder of a girl in Kolkata and the rape of a minor in Malda.
“The policemen were surreptitiously recording the NCPCR investigation proceedings. They beat me up for protesting,” he added.
He said the team went to the house of the rape survivor on Friday and spoke with her parents.
“We are here to inspect. But the state commission chairperson forcefully came into the house with goons and didn’t allow us to talk. We have come here to the police station, but we are not allowed to talk here also,” Kanoongo added.
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has been constituted under the provisions of the Commissions for Protection of Child Rights (CPCR) Act, 2005 for the protection of child rights and other related matters.
One of the functions assigned to the Commission under Section 13 (1) (j) of the CPCR Act is to inquire into complaints and take suo motu cognisance in relation to deprivation and violation of child rights.