By A Newsman
Kolkata, 06 June: BENGAL government today removed the chiefs of four police commissionerates in the state where the Trinamool either fared badly or faced difficulty during the Assembly polls due to strict policing.
The three removed police chiefs are ~ Bidhannagar Police commissioner Jawed Shamim, Barrackpore Police commissioner Niraj Kumar Singh, Asansol-Durgapur Police commissioner Siddh Nath Gupta, and Siliguri Police commissioner Manoj Kumar Verma.
They are in the list of 17 IPS officers whose positions have been reshuffled by an order issued by the state home department today afternoon. Chief Minister Mamamta Banerjee is also the home minister of the state and she had warned action for “police excesses” during the polls.
Trinamool won all the three Assembly seats ~ Bidhannagar, Rajarhat-New Town, and Rajarhat-Gopalpur ~ that fall under the jurisdiction of Bidhannagar Police, but the victory margin have been low. The ruling party blamed it on “excesses” by the police headed by commissioner Jawed Shamim and that he would be removed was an obvious guess.
But the interesting aspect is that unlike Soumen Mitra who was shunted as Kolkata Police commissioner to the less important post of ADG (training), Shamim has been made the director of economic offences wing of the state police.
Sources maintained that this was not only because Trinamool has won all the three seats in Bidhannagar, but also because with Shamim as commissioner, Trinamool workers had a free-run in the 2015 Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation election.
In his place, Gyanwant Singh of the Rizwanur Rehman controversy has now been made the Bidhannagar Police commissioner.
Barrackpore Police commissioner Niraj Kumar Singh is believed to have been removed because of Trinamool’s loss at Kamarhati, Noapara, and Dum Dum North Assembly segments.
In fact, Madan Mitra last week said that he had submitted a report to party supremo Mamata Banerjee holding Barrackpore Police responsible for his defeat at Kamarhati.
Niraj Kumar has now been made the IG IB (border) in the state police, and North 24-Parganas SP Tanmay Ray Chaudhuri has been made the new commissioner of Barrackpore Police. Bhaskar Mukherjee, now a DC in Kolkata Police, has been made the SP of North 24-Parganas.
The next to go is Asansol-Durgapur Police commissioner Siddh Nath Gupta. He has been transferred to the post of IG (organisation) in the state police, and Laxmi Narayan Meena has been posted as the new police commissioner of Asansol-Durgapur. Meena was the joint CP (traffic) of Kolkata Police.
Sources said Gupta found place in the Chief Minister’s bad book due to the Trinamool’s defeat in the Assembly segments of Durgapur East, Durgapur West, Raniganj, and Jamuria. In particular, police “excesses” was pointed out by local leaders as the reason for the loss in Raniganj, and Jamuria.
Manoj Kumar Verma, on the other hand, has been removed as the Siliguri Police commissioner due to Trinamool’s defeat in Siliguri and Matigara-Naxalbari Assembly segments. While Siliguri Assembly seat is entirely under the Siliguri Police commissonerte, parts of Matigara-Naxalbari segment too is under its jurisdiction.
Verma has now been relocated to the post of DIG (traffic) in the state police, and in his place, Chelling Simmisk Lepcha has been made new the new police commissioner of Siliguri. Siliguri was the DIG Malda range.
In contrast, Bharati Ghosh, who had earned the ire of the Election Commission for her proximity to Trinamool, has been given additional charge as the SP of Maoist-hit Jhargram police district. Ghosh is already the SP of West Midnapore.
Sukhenu Hira, who was the SP Jhargram, has now been relocated to the post of DC (special branch) of Bidhannagar Police.