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Mamata government reshuffles police top brass again


Kolkata: Effecting another reshuffle in the top brass of the state police, the West Bengal government on Monday named Gyanwant Singh – who had got entangled in the Rizwanur Rehman mysterious death case in 2007 – as Commissioner of Bidhannagar City Police.

Singh was Inspector General of Police, Western Range, prior to his fresh posting. His promotion was stalled for seven years after his name had been linked in the case, and it was only in 2014, it was cleared after he got a clean chit from the panel that probed the case.

Rehman was found dead near railway tracks on September 21, weeks after he got married to Priyanka, daughter of industrialist Ashok Todi.

The Todi family and the police had allegedly mounted pressure on the couple to break the marriage. Police claimed that it was a case of suicide while the family alleged that Rizwanur was murdered.

Banerjee, then opposition leader, was in the forefront of the agitation demanding justice for Rehman.

Jawed Shamim, who was so long the Commissioner of Bidhannagar police, and got praise for holding free and fair assembly polls in his area in April, has now been appointed as ADirector of the Economic Offences Wing.

Commissioners of Asansol-Durgapur, Siliguri and Barrackpore have also been transferred.

Tanmoy Roy Chowdhury has been given charge of Barrackpore Police Commisionerate while Lakshmi Ratan Meena takes over as the Commisioner of Asansol, and Chelling Simick Lepcha is now the Commisioner of Silliguri City Police.

Bharati Ghosh, transferred to non-election duty by the Election Commission during the assembly polls, has got the additional charge of Jhargram police district. Soon after the Trinamool Congress retained power in the state, Ghosh had been reinstated as Superintendent of West Midnapore district.

In all, 17 IPS officers have been transferred in Monday’s reshuffle.


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