(From left) Rajeev Kumar, DGP Virendra and security adviser Surajit Kar Purkayastha with Mamata Banerjee soon after she launched her anti-CBI dharna on 3 February night. ADG (law and order) Anuj Sharma was seated next to Kumar but is not seen in this photo.
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Kolkata: Mamata Banerjee government has thrown its weight behind five IPS officers of the state whom the Centre has decided to strip their medals and debar from Central deputation for attending a dharna by the Chief Minister in Kolkata.

Banerjee, while addressing a public rally in Delhi today, said that her government has cautioned the Centre against any such step.

“They want to snatch medals of five officers. We have told the Centre, if you do this, all our officers will return their medals. Such is their audacity, they sent (CBI) team to the residence of the police commissioner,” the Chief Minister said.

She was referring to a thwarted CBI raid on Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar’s house on 3 February in connection with the chit-fund scam probe, which made her launch three-day dharna from that night itself.

Union home ministry had sought a report from Bengal government for alleged violation of All India Service Rules by five IPS officers during the dharna.

The five are Rajeev Kumar, director general of police Virendra, additional director general (security) Vineet Goel, additional director general (law and order) Anuj Sharma, Kolkata Police’s additional commissioner Supratim Sarkar and, Bidhannagar Police commissioner Gyanwant Singh.

This is because the five IPS officers were seated next to the Chief Minister soon after she launched her dharna on 3 February night. At that time, no stage was erected for the dharna; a stage came up the next day.

Furious over the Central’s move at punishing these IPS officers, Banerjee said that she has not seen any government at the Centre before that could “stoop so low.”


Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today laid the foundation stone for a multi-storied Gorkha Welfare Centre at Saket in New Delhi.

This is being built by the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) at an estimated cost of Rs 20-crore. This is for the stay of people from Darjeeling Hills who visit the Capital for education, job interviews, treatment, pilgrimage, etc.

Banerjee said that there will be 32 rooms in all and 15 per cent of the building will be utilised for administrative purpose. “There will be a conference hall, a library, and a helpdesk as well.”

GTA officiating chairman Binay Tamang said that there will be slots for parking 24 cars.