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Anubrata beacon vanishes

Bolpur, July 5: Birbhum Trinamul chief Anubrata Mondal was seen today travelling to the Tarapith temple in a white SUV that did not have a beacon, a day after he was seen in a red light-fitted car.

Mondal, chairman of the West Bengal State Rural Development Agency, had yesterday travelled to the venue of a Trinamul meeting in Burdwan in a black SUV that had a beacon.

A board fitted to the car suggested the vehicle had been assigned to the WBSRDA chairman.

A notification issued by the government last month revising the list of VIPs who can use the beacon does not include the WBSRDA chairman.

A Calcutta police officer said Mondal could have been booked under the penal code’s Section 419, which deals with “punishment for cheating by personation”, for travelling in a beacon-fitted car yesterday.

The officer said the section was relevant to this case as Mondal had used a facility that some other people were entitled to but he wasn’t. Section 419 carries a maximum punishment of three years in jail.

Another officer said that under the Motor Vehicles Act, illegal use of a beacon could bring a fine of Rs 100.

Asked about Mondal travelling in a beacon-fitted car, Birbhum police chief Alok Rajoria said he had “not gone through” the government notification.