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Cop praises CM, draws flak from CPM, Cong

Raiganj, Sept. 18: The North Dinajpur police superintendent has been criticised by the CPM and the Congress for praising Mamata Banerjee in public, with both parties saying such comments by an officer would spread bias in the force

The two parties have decided to lodge a complaint with the inspector-general of police (north Bengal) against Dipankar Bhattacharya.

The district police chief said he had “simply appreciated” the manner in which the chief minister has been working for the people. “We are privileged to have a chief minister like Mamata Banerjee. She keeps tabs on all departments. I had not seen anything like this when Left Front chief ministers were there. Now you can’t submit fabricated reports and get away. Officers are being allowed to discharge their duties independently,” Bhattacharya had said at a Vishwakarma puja event organised by the Trinamul-affiliated INTTUC in Raiganj.

Congress general secretary Pabitra Chanda dubbed Bhattacharya a Trinamul worker. “He has been behaving like a Trinamul worker. He openly praised the chief minister at a Trinamul event when the law and order situation in our district has been deteriorating daily,” Chanda said.

The CPM asserted the officer’s comments on the erstwhile and the current government would prompt policemen to favour parties. “His comments are bound to spread bias in the force. We will inform the matter to higher authorities,” said CPM local committee secretary Nilkamal Saha.

Bhattacharya stood by his comments. “It was a puja and I can attend that. I work without prejudice for the people. I am a public servant and as an officer, I have realised how hard-working and close to people our chief minister is. I have expressed just that,” the district police chief said.