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Soumen Datta, Hindustan Times
Kolkata, October 11, 2012
The cash-strapped state government has already spent Rs. 2.07 crore behind the commissions of inquiry which were set up to probe incidents that rocked Bengal during Left and Trinamool rule. Mamata Banerjee after taking charge as the chief minister announced 10 commissions of inquiry into the incidents like Sainbari massacre in 1970, mysterious death of BDO Kallol Sur in April 2010, police firing on Youth Congress supporters during a rally to Writers’ Buildings in July 1993,

Magrahat firing in December 2011, AMRI fire in December 2011, irregularities in distribution of plots of land at Rajarhat, mass killings at Cossipore-Baranagar in 1971, police firing on Santhal rally in West Midnapore in 1999 killings of Ananda Margis on Bijan Setu in 1982 and death of CPI(M) MLA Mostafa Bin Kasem in May 2011.

The report of the commission to probe the mysterious death Kasem was submitted before the government. Five commissions have started functioning while four are yet to start their probes.

Sources in the home (political) department said, the state government has already spent R2.07 crore. “Most commissions are given extension as finding an office space for day to day functioning is time consuming. This doubles the cost,” said a senior official of the home (political) department.

The department is not sure about the starting of another four commissions of inquiry on Rajarhat land scam, mass killings at Cossipore-Baranagar, police firing on Santhals at West Midnapore and killings of Ananda Margis.

The state government has to bear the salary of the chairman of the commission, the secretary and other office bearers. The government has to pay the telephone bills of the commission, conveyance and other allowances of the officials of the commissions.

The home (political) department estimated that another Rs. 10 crore would be spent for these pending inquiries.