By A Newsman
Kolkata, 05 November: TWO officers of Kolkata Police are paying a price for not following the diktat of a Trinamool Congress councillor and instead, carrying on with their duty.
Sub-inspector Siddhartha Chatterjee and assistant sub-inspector Sumanta Chatetrjee of Kasba police station in south Kolkata have been “closed” from duty with effect from Wednesday night and sent to the Kolkata police south-east division reserve office.
This comes two days after the two officers had raided the Kasba house of a notorious miscreant Biswajit Poddar alias Sona Pappu, who is a close aide of Trinamool Councillor Bijan Lal Mukherjee from ward number 67.
The police officers were investigating Sunday night’s shootout between two groups of miscreants involved in construction material supplies at Bondel Gate area in Ballygunge. Sona Pappu is the main accused in the case.
Around 3 am on Monday when the police team raided Pappu’s house, Trinamool councillor called up the two officers on their mobile. But knowing his closeness to Pappu, the officers did not take the calls and went ahead with the raid. They were unable to nab the miscreant as minutes before their arrival, Pappu got a tip-off and fled.
Mukherjee today admitted that he did ring up the officers as he felt concerned: “On getting a call by Pappu’s wife alleging that police have raided her house and were harassing them. The area falls in my ward.” He however maintained to have no clue to the removal of the two police officers.
Senior officers at Lalbazar police headquarter too are maintaining that the removal has nothing to do with the Kasba raid or not talking the councillor’s call. They said that the two officers were “closed” for not completing investigations in several cases within the stipulated time.