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Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb. File Image

Tripura Chief Secretary LK Gupta has complained to his West Bengal counterpart Malay Kumar De regarding the no-cooperation attitude of the District police of Cooch Behar in connection to the visit of Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb.

Deb, a Z+ category security protectee, was scheduled to visit Cooch Behar on December 7 last.

In connection to this visit of the Tripura CM, a Deputy SP (Security) level officer from the State police with advance information to the Cooch Behar district police had gone there as ASL (advance security liaison) officer.

Surprisingly, there was no arrangement made regarding the official’s accommodation, transportation or even anyone was there to receive him.

Even the Cooch Behar police did not share the security arrangements made or planned for the Tripura CM.

The Tripura Chief Secretary has also requested his counterpart to get the matter enquired and take appropriate action.

Meanwhile, the Director General of Police (DGP), Tripura, A. K. Shukla has also dashed off a letter to the West Bengal Chief Secretary regarding non-cooperation of the Cooch Behar Police in connection to the Tripura Chief Minister’s visit to the district.

In his letter to the West Bengal Chief Secretary Malay Kumar De, Tripura DGP A. K. Shukla also stated that there was a scheduled visit of the Tripura CM to Cooch Behar district on December 7, 2018. The Tripura CM, being a Z+ category security protectee, DSP (security),  Kamal Sukla Das was detailed for ASL.

Due communication was made from the office of the SP (Security) regarding the visit of the officer for ASL and “the messages was also received at West Bengal end. However, when the officer reached New Cooch Behar Railway Station on December 6, 2018 at about 1:40 hrs, there was none to receive him, no accommodation had
been arranged for him and the officer had to spend the night at Railway Station. Next day morning also, when the officer Dy. SP (Security), reached SP office by hiring a public transport, there was no information for his  accommodation, etc. and also for ASL schedule. Subsequently, when he reached Police-line, he met the same fate.”

The Tripura DGP further stated that the district police of Cooch Behar even refused to share the security arrangement made/planned for the visit of the Tripura CM on the reported pretext that the matter was sub-judice.

“The matter being related to security of the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tripura, non-cooperation for conducting ASL by the WB police and not sharing the security arrangement made/planned with the officer of Tripura Police is a serious matter and needs to be taken-up strongly with the Govt. of West Bengal,” the Tripura DGP added.

Pinaki Das

Pinaki Das is Northeast Now Correspondent in Agartala. He can be reached at: pinakianisk@gmail.com

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