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Cong link finger at police chief

Behrampore, Dec. 22: Former minister Humayun Kabir today accused the Murshidabad police chief of “hobnobbing” with the Congress to “ensure” Adhir Chowdhury’s victory in the Lok Sabha polls, the allegations coming within days of Mamata Banerjee ordering against a “parallel administration”.

Kabir said he had “information” that Murshidabad police superintendent Humayun Kabir “secretly” held a meeting at a Calcutta hotel with the chairman of the Behrampore municipality and discussed steps to ensure Chowdhury’s victory in the polls.

The police chief declined to clarify when asked about the allegation, saying “no comments”.

While chairing an administrative meeting at Rejinagar on December 17, the chief minister was quoted as saying: “The district administration will have to work as desired by the government. I hope you understand what I am saying, my hint is enough.”

Police chief Kabir was also present at the meeting.

The former junior minister today said Mamata had “correctly assessed that the Murshidabad district administration is being run at Adhir Chowdhury’s behest”.

“But this will not do now. I want the SP to work at the government’s behest,” he told The Telegraph over phone this afternoon from his Rejinagar home.

The Trinamul leader today told a rally near Burdwan about the Murshidabad police chief’s alleged meeting with Behrampore civic chief Nilratan Auddy.

“I am making this allegation with full responsibility,” Trinamul’s Kabir said.

Behrampore civic chief Auddya, known to be close to the junior railway minister, dismissed the allegation. “This is a blatant lie to malign Adhir Chowdhury and the Congress party. We are planning to file a defamation suit against the Trinamul leader,” he said.

Trinamul sources said the trigger for the allegation against the SP was the arrest of over two dozen party activists in connection with a clash between Congress and Trinamul activists on December 18.