Bengal Won’t Cow-Down Before ‘Expansionist’ Forces: Mamata On IPS Officers’ Deputation Order

The Centre had asked the West Bengal government on Thursday to immediately relieve 3 IPS officers for joining central deputation.
Mamata Banerjee
Mamata Banerjee

Slamming the central government for ordering the West Bengal government to relieve three IPS officers, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, “Centre’s order on deputation of three IPS officers is a blatant misuse of power, Bengal won’t cow-down before ‘expansionist’, ‘undemocratic’ forces”.

The Centre had asked the West Bengal government on Thursday to immediately relieve 3 IPS officers for joining central deputation, saying all of them were already given new assignments, according to officials.

In a communication to the West Bengal chief secretary, the Ministry of Home Affairs had said as per the IPS cadre rules, the Centre prevails over the state government in case of any dispute.

The MHA said the three IPS officers were already given new assignments in the central government and they should be relieved immediately.

Bholanath Pandey has been appointed as SP in the Bureau of Police Research and Development, Praveen Tripathi as DIG in the Sashastra Seema Bal and Rajeev Mishra as IG in the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, the official said.

The copy of the letter has also been sent to the West Bengal director general of police.

The Home Ministry directed the three IPS officers to join in central deputation for their alleged dereliction of duties following the attack on the convoy of BJP president J P Nadda last week.

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