The superintendent of North 24-Parganas police was transferred hours after the chief minister said on Thursday that a few untoward incidents had happened in Barasat and the district administration needed to be overhauled.
Champak Bhattacharya, the police superintendent, has been asked to take over as deputy commissioner (south- east) of Calcutta police. The superintendent of Jalpaiguri police, Sugato Sen, will replace him in Barasat.
Sen had earlier served in North 24-Parganas as additional police superintendent and sub-divisional police officer in Salt Lake.
“Two-three incidents have taken place in Barasat. We have decided to overhaul the police administration of the district. It is a border area and, so, quite sensitive,” Mamata Banerjee said at Writers’ on Thursday afternoon.
A 62-year-old homoeopath, Bikash Bondhu Mullick, was beaten to death by two youths on Monday after he tried to stop them from passing lewd remarks at a neighbour.
The chief minister on Thursday tried to downplay the incident, saying: “An incident has happened in Barasat. A doctor or teacher was killed. The information that I have received is that there was a dispute between two families. He underwent a heart surgery some days back. He died after he was pushed a bit.”
Mullick’s family and neighbours were surprised by the chief minister’s comments about there being a dispute between the two families.
Mullick’s daughter Malati denied that her father’s death was linked to any family row. “I don’t know why our chief minister is issuing such statements and why people are politicising my father’s death,” she said.
On August 20, a bar singer was allegedly raped by five men in Barasat’s Bamungachi.
In July, a gang had molested an 18-year-old girl near Barasat station.