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Shiv Sahay Singh
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Will probe why names missing in the FIR: Chief Minister

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee interacting with the media after visiting the wife of Kolkata Police Sub-Inspector Tapas Chowdhury in Kolkata on Thursday.— Photo: PTI
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee interacting with the media after visiting the wife of Kolkata Police Sub-Inspector Tapas Chowdhury in Kolkata on Thursday.— Photo: PTI

Two days after a police sub-inspector was killed in broad daylight in the Garden Reach area here, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited his house on Thursday and said the law will take its course in connection with the incident.

 Ms. Banerjee, who cut short her visit to Digha in Purba Medinipur district and visited the residence of police officer Tapas Chowdhury at Thakurpukur, said certain names have not been included in the first information report ( FIR) filed by the police.

“Certain names have not been included in the FIR. I will enquire why the names are missing,” she said.

Asked about other aspects of the case, Ms Banerjee told journalists to go and ask the Communist Party of India (Marxist). She said she had not come to reply to certain television channels.

Asking journalists “not to prepare the plan”, she refused to elaborate and said: “I have said that the law will take its own course.. My one line is enough”.

Earlier during the day, Governor M. K. Narayanan also met the bereaved family members and said that the State Government “should uphold the majesty of law and order maintaining authorities”.

Describing the incident as “unfortunate” and something that should not have happened, he said his visit to the family members is not only as a Governor but also as a former police officer.

Asked about Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim’s involvement in trying to shield Mohd Iqbal, the local Trinamool Councillor also named in the FIR, he responded by saying, “Whose name is in the FIR it is for law enforcement agencies to decide and about Firhad Hakim protecting him (Mr Iqbal), he has no business doing that.”

 Leader of the Opposition Surya Kanta Mishra, who had also met the relatives of the slain policeman earlier during the day, alleged that Mr Hakim is trying to ensure that those named in the FIR are not “accounted for” the crime.

 “There are reasons to believe that the Minister is himself involved,” he told journalists, demanding an independent inquiry into the incident

 Mr Hakim, who was seen with Mr Iqbal only hours after the violence of Tuesday, had said on Wednesday that he does not think that the local councillor is involved in the incident.

Announcing a special widow pension for the wife of the policeman, Ms Banerjee said that she will continue to draw his salary for remaining service years along with financial benefits involving increments and promotions.

She said the daughter of the policeman will be appointed as a clerk in the Police Department as the family will get Rs.15 lakh as insurance cover and additional Rs.5 lakh from the State Government.

Ms Banerjee said Rs.5 lakh has been given from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for his ailing mother and the State Government will take the responsibility of education of the policeman’s son.


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