Kujur's claim on retirement

James Kujur, a former additional superintendent of police who was fielded by the Trinamul Congress in Kumargram in Alipurduar district, today said he had received "papers" from the state government mentioning his voluntary retirement.

By OUR CORRESPONDENT in Alipurduar
  • Published 14.03.16
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James Kujur (left) with Trinamul leaders in the campaign. (Anirban Choudhury)

Alipurduar, March 13: James Kujur, a former additional superintendent of police who was fielded by the Trinamul Congress in Kumargram in Alipurduar district, today said he had received "papers" from the state government mentioning his voluntary retirement.

As the polls were announced and Trinamul declared his name as the candidate on March 4, confusion had cropped up as to whether Kujur had resigned as the Jalpaiguri ASP. He had then claimed that he had already sought voluntary retirement (he was supposed to retire in October this year).

Today, Kujur told journalists: "I had resigned from my service before the polls were announced. I had received papers from the state government on March 4, saying my application for voluntary retirement had been accepted and necessary processes have started."

A district police officer in Jalpaiguri, who didn't want to be named, said: "It is true that Kujur's resignation has been accepted and necessary works which are required to be done at our end after the retirement of a police officer are in progress. In fact, the works are likely to be completed shortly."

At Barobisha today, a number of district Trinamul leaders joined to raise voices in favour of Kujur and sought the active participation of local leaders and workers in the campaign. The exercise, party insiders said, was carried out to mitigate the grievances of some local leaders, who had aspired to contest in the Assembly polls from Kumargram seat.

Dasrath Tirkey, the Trinamul MP of Alipurduar who also hails from Kumargram, and district Trinamul leaders like Mridul Goswami were present at the meeting.