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CID surprise in top-cop reshuffle

Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, who oversees police affairs, on Friday reshuffled about 30 senior officers in Calcutta and elsewhere in Bengal, throwing up a few surprises too.

One was the transfer of Partha Bhattacharya, high-profile inspector-general (IG) overseeing the CID, to the relatively less-weighty traffic department of West Bengal police, without change in rank. In something of a swap, Naparajit Mukherjee, IG (traffic), will succeed him in the CID hotseat.

Prasun Mukherjee, IG (enforcement), was brought back to Calcutta Police and appointed additional commissioner of police (II), replacing Sujit Sarkar, now additional CP(I). Deputy commissioner (north) K.L. Tamta was appointed DC (headquarters), replacing Shivaji Ghosh, who has been elevated to joint commissioner rank. DC (wireless) P. Ravi was appointed DC (north). J.P. Singh succeeds him. Joint commissioner Raj Kanojia has been appointed deputy inspector-general (CID), replacing V.V. Thambi. Thambi was appointed IG of the Intelligence branch (north Bengal). Present post-holder M. Khan was appointed IG (enforcement).

IG (western range) Jit Ram Bhagat, tackling the People’s War and MCC in West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia, was appointed IG (railways), replacing R. Majumdar. Majumdar was appointed ADG (EB), replacing B.K. Sharma, appointed ADG (planning). DIG (presidency range) Gautam Chakraborty was appointed IG (western range), replaced by Vijay Kumar.

DIG (operations) A.K. Ghosh was promoted as IG (welfare) and DIG (Midnapore range) was appointed DIG (railways). Superintendent of police, Bankura district, Basudeb Bag, was appointed SP of North 24-Parganas. Superintendent of railway police, Howrah, Benoy Chakraborty, was appointed SP of Nadia.

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