30 - 03 - 2020

FIR against AMC commissioner Dr. Sailesh KumarYadav; after heated exchange with two BJP MLAs

Agartala, March 5,2020:  A complaint was registered against Agartala Municipal Commissioner Dr. Sailesh Kumar Yadav, IAS on Wednesday in West Agartala Police station. The FIR was filed by Chandan Naha, an   office bearer of the Agartala Maharajganj Bazar Traders Association. In the FIR,  Naha alleged that the Commissioner of Agartala Municipal Corporation had threatened to shoot him during a deputation in the presence of the Mayor of AMC Dr. Prafullajit Sinha, yesterday afternoon and had behaved rudely with him. 

Ashish Kumar Saha and Ramprasad Pal, the two MLAs of Baradowali and Suryamaninagar assembly constituencies, respectively were present in the heated situation during the deputation. Meanwhile, Naha has filed a FIR with the West Police Station last night. West Police OC Subrata Chakraborty admitted the FIR and said that, police is investigating the entire matter. 

Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) sources said, a delegation of some businessmen from Maharajganj Bazar, accompanied by the two MLAs, had gone  to the deputation with Dr Prafullajit Sinha, the mayor of AMC.  During the deputation one member of the delegation of the businessmen from Maharajganj Bazar raised objection to the large scale eviction drive at the Maharajganj Bazar areas and charged that AMC authority was violating the directives of the High Court in  evicting some traders in Maharajganj market area. During the deputation, the Commissioner declined to comment on the case of directives issued by  the High Court. And said he will not relent on the eviction issue  where the debate began. At that time, Yadav, the commissioner of the council, allegedly became agitated. 

After the deputation was postponed, Chandan Naha, one office bearer of the Maharajganj Market Traders Association, complained that he was suffering from insecurity by the language with which  Municipal  Commissioner Yadav had  threatened him. Moreover, the two BJP MLAs also complained to the media that the Municipal commissioner had behaved badly with the two legislators. About the entire matter, Agartala 'Pura Parishad' Mayor Dr  Prafuljit Sinha commented in front of the media, describing the incident as unpleasant and sad. But as soon as the whole thing came out in public domain  through social media, there was intense reaction in the political and administrative space. 

In the presence of two BJP MLAs in front of a Mayor, the language used during deputation was unwarranted, opined sources privy to knowledge of what happened . Both the MLAs in front of media said that Dr Yadav had called the deputies and threatened to drive them out of the conference hall. But Shailesh Yadav claimed that he had not done any wrong to the MLAs or anyone present at deputation. But the BJP's two MLAs complained that Mr Yadav had left the mayor's room without accepting deputation. 

Both the BJP MLAs complained in front of the media that the Agartala municipal commissioner acted in a very unfriendly manner. They informed the matter to their party president Dr Manik Saha and Assembly Speaker to take necessary action against Dr Yadav.  

 It is reported that after the incident on March 4, afternoon the Agartala Municipal commissioner informed  his Secretary of the Urban Development Office about the whole matter. Secretary of Urban Development  Kiran Gitte, IAS,  reported the matter to the Urban Development Minister and the Chief Minister. So far, the Chief Minister has not reacted to the media in this regard. However, according to a reliable source, the Chief Minister Biplab Deb told  an administrative officer concerned that any officer is supposed to  work for the state as per rule and policy framed by the government. And if he has acted according to law  an officer has nothing to fear.