Kolkata Oct 17 (UNI) In a major fallout of the controversy over Rizwanur Rehman's death, the West Bengal Government today transferred city Police Commissioner Prasun Mukherjee and four other senior officers of the force.
Home Secretary Prasad Ranjan Ray said Additional Director General (Telecom) Gautam Mohan Chakraborty had been appointed the new Police Commissioner replacing Mr Mukherjee, who was transferred to that post.
The others, who were suifted, were DC(Headquarters) Gyanwant Singh and DC DD(I) Ajay Kumar, both of IPS cadre, besides Assistant Commissioner of Police Sukanti Chakraborty and Sub-Inspector Krishnendu Roy.
Mr Singh and Mr Kumar had been replaced respectively by DC SB Vineet Goel and DC DD(2) Vishal Garg.
Effective from today, the transfer orders were made following a directive by Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, who announced the decision to the press a couple of hours before the Home Secretary gave details.
With Mr Mukherjee having to make an unceremonious exit from the highest chair of the city police force, this was the sixth instance of a Police Commissioner of Kolkata getting axed midway through the term, the first being in 1954.
The four subordinate officers of the Police Commissioner were accused of threatening and harassing Rizwanur Rehman and meddling with his inter-religious marriage with Priyanka Todi, an industrialist's daughter.
Mr Mukherjee evoked a strong criticism by trying to defend the role of police and describing Rizwanur's death as a case of suicide even before an investigation.
The body of Rizwanur, a 30-year-old computer graphics teacher, was found beside the railway tracks in North Kolkata on September 21, days after his marriage that his father-in-law Ashok Todi allegedly tried to break with the help of police.
His death, suspected by relatives as a case of murder, kicked up a huge outcry across society, prompting several organisations as well as the opposition to swing into action and attracting protests from the cross-section of people.
The Chief Minister also announced his decision to invite CBI to probe into Rizwanur's death following a Calcutta High Court order while continuing the judicial investigation, already ordered by the State Government.
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