Five former IPS officers to contest WB polls
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Last Updated: Friday, April 01, 2011, 13:00
Kolkata: A former IPS officer, who lodged an FIR against Mamata Banerjee and was considered very close to the Left Front government during Jyoti Basu's tenure, is among five former police officers contesting the West Bengal Assembly polls on Trinamool Congress tickets.

Former IPS officer Rachpal Singh is contesting from Tarakeshwar against Minister for Fire Services Pratim Chatterjee who has been fielded by LF ally Forward Bloc.

Singh, as the DIG (Presidency Range), had lodged an FIR against the Trinamool supremo when she was Youth Congress President for violence at a rally at Barasat in North 24 Parganas in 1994.

"When I found that this woman (Banerjee) was fighting a lone battle during the Singur agitation against a ruthless government I decided to join the party," he said.

Asked what his priority would be if his party was voted to power, Singh said, "I want to give the people a government which functions judiciously, where people get priority and so that the party doesn't interfere in one's personal life."

Another former police officer fighting on a Trinamool ticket is Sultan Singh.

The former additional director general of police (pollution control board), who is Trinamool candidate from Bally said, "I worked very closely with the Left Front government and I was very much liked by the then chief minister Jyoti Basu.

"But after working with the government I have understood that it cannot function neutrally because it is guided and dominated by the CPI(M)," the former IPS officer said.


First Published: Friday, April 01, 2011, 13:00

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