Kolkata, April 12: With opposition gunning for Mamata Banerjee’s head regarding inaction of police in several cases, Election commission took the drastic step on Tuesday by removing Kolkata’s Commissioner of Police Rajeev Kumar and promoting deputy commissioner Somen Mitra to fill in the slot ahead of five more phases of West Bengal Assembly Elections 2016. Also Read - 'I'm Sure Mamata Didi Has Faith In Lord Ram': Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut On Netaji Event
Kumar, a 1989 batch IPS officer, had been in several important positions during the Trinamool reign and it was this Rajeev Kumar who was in the eye of the storm when Trinamool’s connection with Saradha scam surfaced. Kumar was accused of removing the files that allegedly had the documents of Trinamool leaders’ involvement in the entire scam from the very beginning. Also Read - BJP Teased Me In Front of PM, Insulted Netaji, Bengal With Jai Shri Ram Chants: Mamata Banerjee
In April 2013, when Saradha scandal rocked the entire country, Kumar was the Commissioner of Police of Bidhannagar, under whose jurisdiction the Saradha office was. Opposition claimed that Kumar was instrumental in destroying the facts and that is making the task of CBI difficult to piece the story together. Just the after the Saradha scandal came to fore, West Bengal chief minister hurriedly formed a Special Investigating Team (SIT) and Kumar had allegedly destroyed the evidence that could nail few Trinamool leaders. (Also Read: West Bengal Assembly Elections 2016: Election Commission removes Kolkata CP Rajeev Kumar) Also Read - Supreme Court Rejects Plea Seeking 'Free And Fair' Elections in West Bengal
He was also alleged to have removed all important documents from Sudipto Sen’s bank locker too. But he didn’t do all by himself, he had for assistance DCDD of Bidhannagar Arnab Ghosh when all these incidents were making headlines every day. As a result, both were rewarded by Mamata Banerjee by plum posts in the Kolkata police force. While Kumar was made the Kolkata top cop, Ghosh was posted as Nadia district’s Superintendent of Police.
The latest was the failed sting operation on BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha where two officers assistant sub inspector Subasis Roy Chowdhury and a constable from Special Branch Aminul Rahman approached Sinha in the BJP headquarters in the state and wanted to bribe him for facilitating cow-smuggling in the Indo-Bangladesh border. BJP lodged an FIR and claimed that Kumar was behind the move and suspending junior officers won’t suffice. They sought the removal of Kumar with immediate effect and the Election Commission took the stern step on Tuesday.
It is learnt that all these incidents went against Kumar and he could have been removed much earlier, but the Vivekananda flyover collapse that claimed 26 lives came in the way. Now, it’s over to new CP Somen Mitra and the opposition who have been asking for the head to roll for quite some time.