Kolkata, Oct 17: Facing public ire due to its shabby handling of the high-profile Rizwan murder case, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Wednesday announced the transfer of Kolkata Police Commissioner Prasun Mukherjee along with two of his deputy’s Gyanwant Singh and Ajay Kumar. Buddhadeb’s decision comes a day after the Calcutta High Court ordered the transfer of the case to CBI causing acute embarrassment to the Left Front government.
Two more police officers a ASP and a Sub-Inspector have also been transferred. While announcing the government’s decision the CM also made it amply clear that these are punishment transfers.
Buddhadeb’s strong action comes in wake of the “go-ahead” given by the constituents of the Left on initiation of action against the police officers.
Reacting to the news, Rizwan’s lawyer said that he welcomes the move but more needs to be done.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Calcutta High Court on Tuesday had directed the CBI to investigate the death of Rizwan Rehman which has caused a public outcry.
Justice Soumitra Pal, in an interim order, had directed the CBI to complete the investigation and submit its report to the court within two months.
Rizwan`s body was found on the rail tracks near Dum Dum far from his home in park Circus in Kolkata on September 21 following his marriage to Priyanka, daughter of industrialist Ashok Todi on August 18.
He had been allegedly been threatened by Kolkata police officers, including two Deputy Commissioners to part with her.
Rizwan`s mother Kishwar Jahan and elder brother Rukbanur had moved the High Court seeking a CBI inquiry into his death, claiming that they did not have faith in any inquiry conducted by any state agency.
The state government had ordered a CID enquiry and also a judicial inquiry into the death of Rizwanur but resisted the demand for a CBI probe.
G M Chakraborty is new Police Chief
In a swift action, West Bengal government on Wednesday appointed senior police officer Gautam Mohan Chakraborty as new Kolkata police commissioner in place of Prasun Mukherjee.
West Bengal Home Secretary P R Roy told reporters here that Chakraborty, Additional Director General of Police (Telecome) would take over his new assignment soon.
New Deputy Commissioners for Headquarters and the Detective Department were also named by the Home Secretary to replace Gyanwant Singh and Ajay Kumar.