Kolkata: The Kolkata police on Thursday constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) for investigation into the vandalism of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s statue at Vidyasagar College in Kolkata on May 14. The five-member team will be headed by Deputy Commissioner of Kolkata Police (North) Debasish Sarkar.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Thursday removed two more close aides of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Diamond Harbour SDPO Mithun Kumar Dey and Amherst Street office in-charge Kaushik Das, with immediate effect. As per news agency ANI, an EC official said that both officers will not be given any election related posts. The action came in the wake of violence that was reported during a roadshow by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah in Kolkata. While, he escaped unhurt, a bust of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, after whom the college is named, was damaged by the protesters.
A day after the violence in the state, the Trinamool and the BJP tore into each other, blaming each other for the incident. While Shah held the TMC responsible for the violence, the latter submitted a video ‘proof’ to the EC, claiming the BJP’s hand behind the damage caused to Vidyasagar’s bust.
“Mamata Banerjee claims that BJP is doing it… I want to tell her, we are fighting in every state in the nation, unlike you on 42 seats in West Bengal. Violence didn’t take place in six phases of elections anywhere but Bengal which proves that TMC is responsible for it,” Shah had said on Wednesday.
Countering his claim, the TMC released and produced a video ‘proof’ to the EC alleging the BJP of being behind the incident. “Video not only clearly establishes what the BJP did, but proves party chief Amit Shah is a liar,” Trinamool MP Derek O’Brien had said. He also alleged the Central forces in Bengal of running a whisper campaign asking people to vote for the BJP in the ongoing Lok Sabha Elections 2019.