Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister
Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Wednesday ruled out arrest or harassment
of Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjeee before the
upcoming Assembly Elections in connection with a 17-year-old
"There is no question of arresting or harassing Mamata
Banerjee before the Assembly Elections," Bhattacharjee told a
press conference here.
The CPI-M had yesterday asked the Election Commission
to execute all non-bailable warrants, including those issued
in connection with violent incidents at Barasat in 1994 in
which the police had registered FIRs against Banerjee, among
In a memorandum to Chief Election Commissioner SY
Quraishi, who led a team on a two-day review of poll
preparedness in the state, the CPI-M referred to the
17-year-old incident at Kacharimore in Barasat in which police
had carried out a lathicharge. Then DIG (PR) Rachpal Singh was
injured in the violence.
"The police had then registered an FIR against Mamata
Banerjee," the CPI-M memorandum had said while referring to
the incident in North 24-Parganas district.
Rachpal Singh, now a retired IPS officer, incidentally
is now a Trinamool Congress candidate from Tarakeswar seat.
Reacting to the CPI-M memorandum, Trinamool Congress
general secretary Mukul Roy had yesterday wondered as to what
had prevented the police from taking any action in the last 17