Suspension Order Belies Mamata Slur

 

Cops in dock for ‘sajano’ attack

    Mind the gap — between the chief minister’s words and her administration’s actions.

    In yet another embarrassment for Mamata “Sajano” Banerjee, her police force on Thursday suspended Tarak Das, a constable with Metiabruz police station, for his role in the ransacking of a CPIM office at Gangulybagan, near Jadavpur, and the assault on three journalists last Tuesday.

    Mamata’s reaction to the attack on the journalists had been: “Ota sajano ghatana. Kichchhu hoyni ওটা সাজানো ঘটনা, কিচ্ছু হয়নি (The incident is staged. Nothing of that sort has happened).”

    On being told that the assault was captured by television cameras, the chief minister had thundered: “Mithya katha sajiyechhen. Aapni sajiyechhen মিথ্যা কথা সাজিয়েছেন। আপনি সাজিয়েছেন  (It was all staged).”

    Mamata’s assertion was proven wrong on Thursday with Das being handed a suspension letter signed by Mehboob Rahman, the deputy commissioner of police of the port division, after Biswarup Ghosh, his counterpart in the south suburban division, submitted his inquiry report.

“He has been placed under suspension because he allegedly got involved in a criminal offence. The suspension will continue till departmental proceedings are over,” Rahman said.

    Das was named along with several others in an FIR filed by the CPIM after the party office that had served as former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s poll-campaign hub last year was ransacked by alleged Trinamul supporters on the day of the Left-called general strike.

    His suspension letter mentions charges of rioting, mischief and voluntarily causing grievous hurt with dangerous weapons.

    In their complaint with Patuli police station, the three journalists — Parthapratim Ghosh of STAR Ananda and Subhasish Ghatak and Pintu Mondal of Anandabazar Patrika — said “unknown” people attacked them while they were reporting the ransacking of the CPM office on Tuesday.

    “As a member of a disciplined force, he should not have expressed his political affiliation in public,” a senior police officer said of constable Das.

    Das’s suspension is not the first instance of chief minister Mamata being proven wrong after giving her verdict without the police completing a probe. She had termed the Park Street rape case a “fabricated incident” meant to “malign her government” before the cops arrested three of the accused and confirmed that the 37-year-old victim had been sexually assaulted in a moving car on the night of February 5.

    Although Das has been suspended, the investigation into the office ransack-cum-assault case has not progressed much. The police are yet to initiate any action against the other accused in the incident.

    Apart from Das, the FIR lodged by the CPIM names Babu Saha, Raju Saha, Indrani Saha, Hanu Halder, Tanu Saha, Manik Banik, Mrityunjoy Mondal, Sabyasachi Sarkar and Joydeb Das. Residents of Gangulybagan said most of these people were involved in the attack on the journalists.

    “The footage available with television channels show the faces of the people who were involved in the assault on the journalists. The police have done nothing to arrest them,” said a witness.

    The police have yet to contact any of the television channels for footage of the incident. “We have identified some people, but they are all absconding. We have carried out raids,” claimed an officer at Patuli police station.

    Sources said the other accused hadn’t been rounded up yet because they were all Trinamul supporters.

    “Das is a soft target, being a policeman,” the officer said.

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