GORKHA ADIVASI POLITICAL SIGNIFICANCE: DGP gets his way, North Bengal IG shifted – claiming credit for doing his duty which a police officer should not do, like indulging openly in CPM politics ?!!
From Indian Express
By Sabyasachi Bandopadhyay
Kolkata, Sat Jun 26 2010, 03:56 hrs: On a day when its chief whip said the Left Front was in “power but was powerless”, there was more embarrassment for the CPM in store.
On Friday, IG (North Bengal) Kundan Lal Tamta was transferred despite being backed by Minister for Urban Development Ashok Bhattacharya. In fact, the development is being seen as a victory for DGP Bhupinder Singh who was adamant on shifting the IG despite the fact that Bhattacharya strongly rooted for the stay of Tamta at Siliguri.
In an unprecedented way, the DGP on Friday criticised the IG saying that he was claiming credit for doing his duty which a police officer should not do.
As the IG, along with a host of other IPS officers, was transferred last week, an upset Bhattacharya said on Thursday that Tamta’s transfer was stalled. The IG also wrote a letter to Home Secretary Samar Ghosh, requesting him to retain him at his post as he “most effectively fought the GJM in Darjeeling”.
All that was in vain as a meeting of a five-member Police Establishment Board (PEB), comprising the DGP, ADG (Telecom), ADG (Railways), ADG (IB) and Kolkata Police chief that decides on transfers of all police officials, on Friday approved the transfer.
“The PEB regretted Tamta’s representation as it was not addressed to the proper forum. We will see whether he has broken any protocol. The representation has been rejected and sent to the government. We wonder how one police officer can claim that he had fought single-handedly with one outfit. It is always a team work,” the DGP said after the meeting.
Writers’ flutter over transfer of N Bengal IG – need a transplant, have a heart ?!!
FROM TIMES OF INDIA
Kolkata, Jun 26, 2010, 05.56am IST: A senior police officer has got into a row with the government for his reluctance to be removed from Darjeeling, where he claims to have worked “single-handedly to curb the GJM movement. The plea has been summarily rejected and the issue has created a furore at Writers’ Buildings.
A week after the state issued a transfer notification of 27 IPS officers, including IG (North Bengal) Kundan Lal Tamta, the latter shot off a petition to home secretary Samar Ghosh that he should be retained in his current post. Tamta, who has just been transferred as IG (planning), is said to be close to CPM’s Darjeeling district unit. Urban development minister Asok Bhattacharya has been openly lobbying to retain him in the Hills.
DGP Bhupinder Singh said: “The police establishment board (PEB) has rejected the plea. It will be decided later whether the matter warrants disciplinary procedure.
Tamta cited several reasons why the government shouldn’t remove him from Darjeeling. “He wrote to the home secretary that he has single-handled tackled the GJM movement and has been fighting all by himself to bring peace in the region. He says he speaks the local language and has bonded well with the people, the DGP said.
The IG — as the DGP said — also wrote that he should either be sent to CID (Bhabani Bhaban) or Kolkata Police (Lalbazar) if the government must transfer him. The IG seemed unwilling to work at Writers’ and take orders from the DGP. Officials said the relationship between the two had soured over the past few months, but Tamta managed to enjoy the confidence of a section of CPM leaders who openly sided with him vis-à-vis his transfer.
However, the DGP sounded firm as he said, “Tamta’s order stays. He will join as IG (planning) and hand over charge to Ranvir Kumar. The IG’s letter led to brisk action at Writers’ as the five-member PEB met on Friday to discuss the matter at length before turning down the petition. The members include the DGP, police commissioner Gautam Mohan Chakrabarti and three senior-most ADGs.
Officials said Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee — despite pressure from comrades — decided to go by the rulebook by forwarding the letter to PEB. Officials till the IG’s rank should route letters through the DGP and not the home secretary.
Darjeeling, June 25: The CID team probing Madan Tamang’s murder detained three people at Kakarvitta, on the Nepal border, this evening.
One of them is suspected to be Nicol Tamang, a Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leader.
MEANWHILE FROM THE DOOARS IN THE PLAINS OF DARJEELING