In the wake of the brutal murder of a police sub-inspector

The Opposition has raised questions over the silence of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in connection with the murder of a police sub-inspector in Garden Reach area of the city on Tuesday even though there are allegations of involvement of Trinamool supporters and at least one of its local leaders in the incident.

Leader of the Opposition Surya Kanta Mishra said on Wednesday that Ms Banerjee, who can deliver long speeches running into two to three hours, has not spared a couple of minutes even 28 hours after the incident to give her reaction to the events leading to the killing of the policeman.

Addressing a public rally at Rejinangar in Murshidabad district, Dr Mishra, also a Polit Bureau Member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), said Mohammad Iqbal, the Trinamool Congress chairperson of the local borough committee, his personal assistant and cousin of the personal assistant were involved in the crime.

Union Minister of State for Urban Development and senior Congress leader Deepa Dasmunsi compared Ms Banerjee’s response to the incident to that of the Roman emperor Nero who, according to myth, played the fiddle while Rome burnt.

Referring to an event organised at Nandigram in Purba Medinipur district on Tuesday where Ms Banerjee was seen moving her lips to a song by a crooner and clapping to its beat, Ms Dasmunsi said the Chief Minister was trying to belittle a “serious” issue involving the death of a policeman on duty.

“Ms Banerjee, who is also the Home Minister, is behaving like Nero and trying to bypass an important issue,” she told The Hindu over telephone from Raiganj in Uttar Dinjapur district.

Rahul Sinha , State Bharatiya Janata Party president, said Ms Banerjee’s silence is because her party leaders are involved into the incident. “She is in a wait-and-watch mode and trying to ascertain public sentiment on the issue. Earlier, in connection with an attack on CPI(M) leader, Ms Banerjee had remained silent and directed the police to arrest a Trinamool leader only after a huge public outcry over the incident,” Mr Sinha said, referring to the arrest of Arabul Islam involved in the attack of senior CPI(M) leader Abdur Razzak Molla last month.