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MLA’s fleeting police date

Calcutta, April 2: Trinamul MLA Dhiman Roy, accused of abusing and assaulting Habra II BDO Dinabandhu Gayen for removing election paraphernalia carrying Mamata Banerjee’s photographs, was called to Ashoknagar police station this evening amid murmurs that the North 24-Parganas administration was under pressure to act.

Police sources said that although Roy turned up at the police station, nothing much should be read into the development.

“The officer in charge himself went to Roy’s home this morning and told him to come to the police station. The MLA came in the evening and left within 10 minutes,” said a source.

A team of investigators led by sub-divisional police officer Subir Chatterjee asked Roy to narrate his side of the story.

The sources said Roy iterated that he had visited Gayen’s office to ask why the promotional material had been removed. The MLA denied having assaulted the BDO.

The police did not record Roy’s statement.

“Recording the statement of an accused is an integral part of a probe. I cannot recall an instance of an OC visiting the house of an accused to ask him to turn up at the police station,” the source said.

Jyotipriya Mullick, food minister and Trinamul’s North 24-Parganas observer, said the party was “co-operating” with the administration. “That’s why Dhiman went to the police station. If required, he will go again,” Mullick said.

The minister accused the Opposition of “hatching a conspiracy with the help of the BDO of Habra II”.

Trinamul’s North 24-Parganas leadership today accused Gayen of being a CPM supporter who had “active links” with the Left party-backed Co-ordination Committee.

The BDO contested the claim. “Wherever I have worked, I have always been impartial,” he told The Telegraph.

The district administration today provided round-the-clock security to Gayen. Sources said 19 more BDOs in North 24-Parganas would be given security cover during working hours from tomorrow.

Two armed policemen are guarding Gayen in his office and his home. The administration has installed four CCTV cameras in his office in Ashoknagar.