Controversy over CM intervening in clash rages

The controversy over intervention by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee after Sunday`s clash between police and youths during a religious procession refuses to die down.

Kolkata: The controversy over intervention by
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee after Sunday`s clash between
police and youths during a religious procession refused to die
down with the Left Front on Wednesday alleging that she behaved like
a "student leader" which was unbecoming of her.

"The incident is unprecedented and unfortunate. The way
she went to Bhowanipore police station to get two of her
partymen released is really unbecoming of a chief minister,"
Left front chairman Biman Bose alleged at a press conference
here.

"When you become chief minister, you should behave like a
chief minister and not a student leader. This is not good for
the fair name of West Bengal," Bose, the state secretary of
the CPI(M), said.

However, he said the chief minister, who also holds the
Home portfolio, could visit any police station. "But this was
a different issue and she could have spoken over phone with
any senior officer instead of going to the police station."

According to the police, the crowd during an immersion
procession of Goddess Jagadhatri turned violent, pelted
stones, ransacked the Bhowanipore police station and even
tried to set ablaze police vehicles after being asked not to
burst high decibel crackers before a hospital.

The police resorted to lathicharge which worsened the
situation and the chief minister whose house is nearby and
Commissioner of Kolkata Police R K Pachnanda and other senior
officials had to intervene to pacify the mob.

No arrest has been reported so far.

PTI

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