STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Siliguri, 25 October
The Siliguri sub-divisional information and cultural affairs officer, following instruction from additional deputy commissioner of police, today withdrew security passes issued to several journalists, who do have accreditation card.
The ADCP has asked the SDCIO to return all security passes, which were issued for 22 and 26 October, in connection with the chief minister&’s visit.
In a letter to the SDICO, the ADCP said: “New security passes will be issued to the accredited reporters and photographers only. Non-accredited reporters and photographers will not be allowed on 26 October at Atharokhai ground in the Matigara police station area due to technical reasons.”
Several journalists expressed annoyance over the sudden decision of police after the SDICO today informed the matter to a total of 41 media houses in
Chief minister Miss Mamata Banerjee would attend a government programme at Atharokhai.