Mamata Banerjee government appoints 10 IPS officers to assist SIT probe into post-poll violence

Mamata Banerjee government appoints 10 IPS officers to assist SIT probe into post-poll violence

Hummingbird News Desk

KOLKATA, 2 SEP: The West Bengal government has appointed 10 IPS officers to assist a special investigating team (SIT) formed by the Calcutta High Court to probe cases of post-poll violence in the state, a senior official said on Thursday.

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The officers are mostly in the rank of ADG, IG and DIG. The officers have been deployed for the north, west and south zones of the state as well as for the Kolkata Police areas, he said.

“The services of the IPS officers are hereby spared, in addition to their normal duties, to assist the SIT constituted by the Hon’ble High Court at Calcutta (sic),” an order issued by the state home department stated.

A five-judge bench of the Calcutta High Court had on 19 August ordered the constitution of the SIT comprising IPS officers Soumen Mitra, Kolkata Police Commissioner, Suman Bala Sahoo, DG (Communications) and Ranbir Kumar, an IG-rank officer to look into the incidents of post-poll violence.

However, there was a delay of almost a fortnight to create the SIT team, despite Mr Sahoo writing to the government about the Calcutta High Court order. The state government has set up the team just before it has decided to move the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

The CBI, which is supposed to file a status report on post-poll violence investigation of grave nature in six weeks, has registered 38 cases so far. The four joint directors of the CBI have visited Nandigram in East Midnapore, Cooch Behar, Nadia, and parts of North 24 Parganas. 

The CBI has made first arrest in Nadia while carrying out investigation into the murder case of a BJP worker Dharma Mandal at Hridaypur in Chapra. Later, three Trinamul Congress workers surrendered before the court as they were named in the FIR for the murder of the BJP worker. They have been remanded in the judicial custody for 14 days.

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