pritesh basu
KOLKATA, 8 JUNE: Criminal activities in North 24-Parganas ~ the brutal gangrape and murder of a 20-year-old girl and the attack on two television journalists being the latest in a series of events ~ are on the rise owing to an unholy nexus between political parties and senior police officers, feel a section of police officers in the district.
Yesterday’s attack on journalists at Barrackpore once again brought the liaison between police and political leaders to the fore; some police officials allege that their senior colleagues have come in the way steps being taken to check violence in the area.
Incidentally, a local Trinamul leader, Jitulal Tanti, had been killed in an intra-party feud on 6 June night. According to some police officers, the Barrackpore Commissionerate, whose commissioner is Mr Sanjay Singh, did not take any approriate steps to maintain law and order following the murder pending "orders" from senior Trinamul Congress leaders.
An officer maintained that this not the first time when police has failed to act against Trinamul Congress supporters and looked the other way.
It may be mentioned that several incidents of political murders and feuds had occurred in Alipore Body Guard Lines during Mr Singh’s tenure as Kolkata Police’s special additional commissioner and joint commissioner of police (armed police).
On 7 August 2010, some officials of the city police, who were also Trinamul Congress supporters, had staged a demonstration at the administrative building in Alipore Body Guard Lines.
Within ten days of the incident, another set of policemen, who were Trinamul Congress supporters, blocked the main entrance of Body Guard Lines. They had prevented an on-duty sergeant, Mr Sisir Kumar Bandyopadhyay, from entering the premises though he was in uniform. He was allegedly heckled when he managed to enter through another gate.
Following the incident, Mr Bandyopadhyay wrote to Mr Singh requesting necessary action against those responsible for obstructing an on-duty officer from entering the premises. No action was taken against the agitators, as they were Trinamul Congress supporters.