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Bally police officer charged with favouritism

india Updated: Apr 30, 2011 15:21 IST
Bibhas Bhattacharyya
Bibhas Bhattacharyya
Hindustan Times
Bibhas Bhattacharyya

Trinamool has lodged a formal complaint with the Election Commission (EC) against the IC of Bally police station for allegedly striking off the name of the Bally municipality chairman from an FIR lodged on April 20. The same follows the recent transfer of Shyampukur OC over similar charges of favouritism.

Sachindra Kumar had lodged a complaint at Bally police station against Arunabha Lahiri, the chairman of the Bally civic body, on April 20 and an FIR was registered shortly after.

In the complaint, Kumar claimed to have been brutally beaten up by a gang of six goons led by the civic body chairman, while he was out rescuing a person. Kumar charged the unidentified assailants with having CPI(M) leanings.

"The action is politically motivated. We have informed the matter to the Election Commission and have tendered the all relevant documents," said Sultan Singh, the Trinamool Congress candidate from the Bally assembly constituency.

Shortly after being roughed up, Kumar went over to the Bally police station and lodged a complaint (No 170), under several sections of the IPC. "The goons were led by Arunabha Lahiri, the chairman of the Bally municipality and a CPI(M) district committee member. The police have intentionally tampered with the FIR copy after weighing his political leanings," said Bhaskargopal Chatterjee, a Trinamool Congress leader of Bally.

Kumar said the FIR filed on the basis of the complaint, had no mention of the civic body chairman. Subrata Sarkar, assistant sub-inspector of the Bally police station recorded the FIR and Prasun Banerjee, IC, signed on the FIR copy, which was later submitted to the court.

Earlier, the Shyampukur OC had been taken to task over charges of omitting the name of a CPI(M) worker, accused of leading a clash with the local Trinamool supporters, from the FIR. The poll watchdog later suspended the OC along with another officer on the basis of an inquiry report. Though the senior police officers are tight-lipped on the issue, a source of the district police claimed that an inquiry has already been initiated.

"We are shocked by the way the police struck off the name of the prime accused from the FIR copy. This only goes to show that the state police have obvious political leanings," said Kumar.