Some officers who attended the Nabanna meeting
Calcutta, June 12: Mamata Banerjee today instructed senior IPS officers to treat all complaints with importance and initiate action, the comments coming three days after a Left delegation told the chief minister that thousands of cadres had been rendered homeless because of Trinamul threats.
“I don’t want to receive complaints that the police are not doing their job. You should give importance to all complaints that are being lodged. I want you to investigate all complaints and initiate proper steps without seeing who are lodging them,” the chief minister was quoted as saying at the meeting with district police superintendents, DIGs and IGs at Nabanna.
CPM leaders, who had been criticised within and outside the party for meeting Mamata, today appeared to breathe a sigh of relief but many questioned whether the chief minister’s message would trickle down to the ground level.
Senior IPS officers present in the meeting said that the instruction from the chief minister was significant as the Left Front leaders have recently submitted a deputation to the chief minister alleging 48,500 of their supporters are staying away from home due to atrocities of Trinamul activities.
“The Left Front leaders had complained that the police were not taking steps to bring the Left Front supporters back to their homes despite several complaints were lodged with the local police station. The instruction from the chief minister hints that she does not want to receive such complaints in future,” said a senior IPS officer present in the meeting.
The Left Front leadership, who are being criticised for holding a meeting with the chief minister, can breathe a sigh of relief after the chief minister’s instruction, but their relief would come only when police initiate some action in the ground level.
“We had given seven-days time to act on our complaints… The initial reaction from the chief minister is not discouraging at all,” said a Left Front leader.
In the meeting the chief minister also raised questions why police were opening fire “unnecessarily”.
Recently, police had opened fire in the air to disperse an unruly mob in a Malda school.
“I don’t want police to open fire unnecessarily. I had earlier asked the police to use rubber bullets. Why those are not being used?” asked Mamata.
Senior police officers present in the meeting said that the chief minister made it clear that police should not open fire without taking permission from the top brass of the administration.
“Senior officers like the director general police will only decide when to open fire,” Mamata was quoted as saying.
The chief minister also laid stress on developing intelligence network to nib law and order problems in the bud.
Without mentioning the trouble between two Trinamul groups in Rajarhat over supplying building materials, the chief minister said that the police have to prevent all land order problems in the bud.
“For this, you have to develop a proper intelligence network so that policing can be done properly,” chief minister was quoted as saying.
Sources in the state home department said that CP Siliguri Jagmohan and CP Bidhannagar Rajeev Kumar were rapped for by the chief minister after the meeting was over.
“She was very upset with the traffic situation in Siliguri. In fact, she advised CP Siliguri to take lessons from Calcutta police. She was also upset with the rise in syndicate problems in Bidhannagar….CP Bidhanagar was asked to take immediate steps to curb this problem,” said a senior official of the state home department.