30 - 11 - 2020

Matua votes or faction fight? What led to the murder of TMC MLA Satyajit Biswas

Nadia, Feb 11,2019: The daylight murder of TMC MLA Satyajit Biswas was the first time during TMC rule in West Bengal that the sitting MLA of the party was murdered in full public view.

The incident which took place on Sunday in Krishnagunj of Nadia district shook the political circles of the state. The TMC wasted no time in blaming the BJP for the murder of its MLA Satyajit Biswas. The party lodged an FIR and police also booked senior BJP leader Mukul Roy in connection with this murder.

The BJP, however, has rejected all the allegations stressing that this murder has happened because of a factional fight in the TMC due to land syndicate issue. It is interesting to note that the deceased MLA represented Matua community, which holds sway in the region. For its part, the BJP is also trying its best to attract the votes of Matua community. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently addressed a rally in Thakurnagar only to garner the votes of Matua community. The TMC is claiming that Satyajit Biswas was face of Matua community and BJP tried to bring Satyajit in their camp but he refused and this ultimately prompted the BJP to kill Biswas.

In FIR too, the popularity of Satyajit among Matua voters has been mentioned. The FIR also mentions how he was a hindrance in the BJP's plan to grab Matua votes.

But BJP has rejected all claims made by the TMC leaders and has repeatedly maintained that the late TMC MLA used to deal with land and this may be outcome of faction fight on some land issue. 

Meanwhile, BJP leader Mukul Roy has demanded that an independent agency should probe this case and truth should come out as soon as possible.


Circuit bench in north Bengal's Jalpaiguri gets cabinet nod

Kolkata, Feb 7,2019:The Union cabinet on Wednesday approved the setting up of a circuit bench of the  Calcutta High Court in  Jalpaiguri district.

The proposed circuit bench will have jurisdiction over four districts of Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Cooch Behar and Jalpaiguri .

The decision to set up the circuit bench in north Bengal was taken in a full court meeting of the high court in 1988. The Union cabinet had also approved the move in June 2006.

A team of judges had visited the proposed site in  Jalpaiguri last August to assess the progress in the infrastructure, a statement by the Law Ministry said.

A circuit bench is for territories which are far flung, but do not have too many matters to justify a full-fledged permanent bench.

Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee Attends Rally After 3 Years

Kolkata, Feb 3,2019: Ailing former West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee Sunday attended a Left Front rally at Brigade Parade Ground, making a public appearance after a gap of almost three years.

Left Front chairman Biman Bose announced Bhattacharjee’s presence in the rally but said that he would hear the proceedings of the public meeting from inside his car due to ill health.

Bhattacharjee left the venue after some time, but his wife Mira Bhattacharjee stayed back.

The veteran CPI(M) leader, who was at the helm of the Left Front government in the state from 2000 to 2011, is suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and has been confined to his home for several months.

Bhattacharjee had stepped down from the CPI(M) State Committee in March 2018, citing ill health.


Police arrest 14 in connection with attacks on vehicles of BJP supporters

Kolkata, Feb 1,2019:A day after vehicles of BJP supporters, who were attending a meeting of party president Amit Shah in East Midnapore district of West Bengal, were vandalised, police on Wednesday made several arrests.

“So far we have arrested as many as 14 persons in connection with the attacks. Our investigation is on and we are trying to identify more persons who had attacked the vehicles by getting in touch with the eye-witnesses. We have registered the case and a probe is on,” said a senior official of West Bengal Police.

On Tuesday, vehicles, belonging to BJP supporters, parked near Shah's rally venue at Kanthi in the district were vandalised and motorbikes were torched. Attacking the ruling Trinamool Congress government in the state, BJP leader Rahul Sinha had alleged that it is the ruling party who is behind the attack.

Again Reshuffle In IPS Cadre Of West Bengal

Kolkata,Jan 30,2019: In a minor reshuffle in the IPS cadre, the West Bengal government Tuesday made Ajoy Kumar as the new IGP-1 of the state CID, a senior official of the state secretariat said.

Kumar, who was the commissioner of police of Chandannagar, was replaced by Akhilesh Chaturvedi, the SP of Darjeeling, he added. Repeat for IPS posting for two consecutive days. On Monday, three IPS transfers were issued in the state. The new guidelines were issued again Tuesday. There are 6 IPS transfers in this directory.

Darjeeling Police Super (Operations) Amarnath has been transferred as a Darjeeling police super. Besides, Additional Police Superintendent of Karsinghong, Hari Krishan Pike has been appointed as Additional Superintendent of Police (Headquarter) of Darjeeling. Umesh Ganapath, SDPO, Dinhhatta, transferred to Barrackpur Police Commissioner as ACP.

After the directive of the Election Commission, some IPSs are being transferred. Nabanna has issued a notice regarding IPS reshuffle in the state on Monday. SS CID Bholanath Pandey has been transferred to DC KAP Fast BN. DC KAP Fast BN Dinesh Kumar transferred to DC RF.

On the other hand DC RF Soumya Roy has been transferred as AIG (Security). Earlier in December, Nabanna issued a notice to reshuffle IPS officers. The list of those IPS officers were Surinder Singh, Abhishek Gupta, Pratikha Jharkharia and Aris Bilal. The four IPS officers were transferred to four commissionerates.

West Bengal government earlier appointed Sunil Kumar Choudhury as the new Police Commissioner of Barrackpore Police Commissionerate. As per a notification issued by the state government, Choudhury, who was the DIG of the Presidency Range, replaced Dr Rajesh Kumar Singh, who was named as the new IGP of the same Range.


Biplab Deb Will Call Mamata Post Lok Sabha Polls

Kolkata, Jan 29,2019:Criticising chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Tripura chief minister Biplab Deb said that he will call Banerjee after 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He will call and said that Didi’s time has ended and its the time to bid adieu. He also said that Mamata will have to ask for forgiveness from the people.

Launching an attack against Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb said that she has dug up her own grave by allowing corruption and violence in West Bengal and asserted that people of the state will defeat her party in Lok Sabha polls.

 Addressing a ‘Ganatantra Bachao’ Yatra at Arambagh in Hooghly district, Deb said, “At a time when your party workers are killing mothers in front of their sons across the state, you are playing the role of Dhritarashtra. You have dug up your grave by allowing violence to take place in your state. Your Kaurava party cadres will be defeated in Lok Sabha polls. The final battle of Mahabhatara will be fought here between Pandavas and Kauravas and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Pandavas will emerge victorious.”

Deb, who was addressing his first political rally in Bengal, slammed the TMC government for indulging in poll violence and corruption. “About 70 political workers were killed in last year’s panchayat polls in West Bengal. Rampant rigging also took place. In the ten months’ tenure of our government in Tripura, not a single political murder has taken place. The number of jobs you have created in the state, the same number of scams have also been committed by you. You have experience in scams. But I don’t,” he said.