A doctor has accused an assistant commissioner and seven other cops of Bidhannagar City Police of driving him, his wife and two minor children out of their home in CD block on Friday night without a court order.
Arpan Chatterjee, a general surgeon at Barasat District Hospital, stated in a complaint lodged with Bidhannagar North police station on Saturday that ACP Probir Roy had threatened to arrest him if they did not do as told.
“When I protested, pointing out that there was no woman cop in the team, Roy asked me to shut up and threatened to arrest my husband immediately. I called 1091 (the women’s helpline) but those who took the call said they could do nothing since the police were driving us out,” said Arpan’s wife Sumita.
On Saturday, Roy arranged to have the family escorted back to their home after they lodged complaints with the police and the state women’s commission and following the “intervention” of a senior state police officer, who is a patient of Arpan. The cops allegedly acted on a complaint that Arpan’s brother Anish, a doctor at Calcutta National Medical College who lives on the first floor of the house, had lodged with the Bidhannagar SDO accusing Arpan and his family members of forcing their way into his house.
“On Friday evening, a cop from Bidhannagar North police station asked us to vacate our home so that he could seal it. He did not show any court order,” said Arpan. When the family did not leave, the officer called Roy, who allegedly visited the house with six other cops in uniform. According to the complaint, they made the family leave the house.
Roy said: “I won’t comment. The commissioner will speak.” Commissioner Rajeev Kumar did not take calls to his cellphones or reply to text messages till late on Sunday.
A 50-year-old Calcuttan named Gobinda Rakshit, believed to be a resident of Hatibagan, died when the car in which he was travelling from Mirik to Darjeeling fell into a gorge near Sukhiapokhri on Sunday.