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Minister targets BDO

Calcutta, April 5: Minister Jyotipriya Mullick today said the Habra II BDO who had allegedly been assaulted by a Trinamul MLA appeared an “intelligent” man and “we want him and his family to spend a peaceful life in Ashoknagar”.

“The BDO appears to be sharp and intelligent. We will make arrangements to send him to the United Nations,” Mullick, the Trinamul observer for North 24-Parganas, told a media conference at a party office in Madhyamgram.

Mullick, who had earlier claimed that BDO Dinabandhu Gayen had links with the CPM-backed Co-ordination Committee, today referred to the security cover provided to the official by the district administration.

“He has got two constables for his security at his office and his home. He can take two more. CCTV cameras have been installed in his office. He can install such gadgets wherever he wants. We want the BDO and his family to lead a peaceful life in Ashoknagar,” the food minister said.

Gayen had allegedly been abused and assaulted by MLA Dhiman Roy after he removed election paraphernalia carrying the chief minister’s images from a road maintained by the PWD.

Mullick said he would track down those responsible for “leaking” the two complaints lodged by Gayen. The Telegraph had on March 31 published the BDO’s complaints.

“The BDO wrote the two letters that appeared in an English daily. We know it was leaked by government employees belonging to the Co-ordination Committee. We will identify them,” Mullick said.

“He (Gayen) said in his complaint that a group of 25 Trinamul men had barged into his office. Will he be able to identify them in a parade? From where did the BDO get the names of the 15 who were arrested?” Mullick said.

Gayen, however, had not named anybody in his second complaint. In his first complaint, he had accused MLA Roy and 25 others of assaulting him. In the second complaint, he had omitted the MLA’s name and confined his allegations to “hot talkings” by 25 Trinamul supporters.