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Kolkata top cop removed over mishandling of clash

Two days after Special Branch sub-inspector Tapas Chowdhury was shot dead in violence at Garden Reach here, the Commissioner of Kolkata Police RK Pachnanda was shunted out from his post on Thursday. Additional DGP (Law and order) Surojit Kar Purakayastha was appointed the new city police chief, Home Secretary Basudeb Banerjee said.

No reason was officially cited for the removal of Pachnanda who was made director of CM’s security, Banerjee said. The removal came shortly after the CM visited the residence of the slain SI at Thakurpukur and said that the law would take its own course. She also proposed compensation worth Rs 25 lakh to the slain cop’s family.

The CM, who was away in Digha on an official programme since Tuesday, expressed displeasure that FIRs had not been filed against some people for the Garden Reach violence and the killing of the cop. ‘That should have been done,’ Banerjee said. She said she would inquire into the matter. Earlier in the day, chief secretary Sanjay Mitra held a meeting with Pachnanda at Writers’ Buildings.

She said that the slain SI’s wife, Minati, would get all the financial benefits, including increment and promotion due to the officer till his scheduled retirement in 2017. The officer’s daughter, Tanushree, would be given a job in a clerical post in the police department and the state government would bear the expense for the education of his son, Tamal.
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