West Bengal: Police treats arrested BJP workers with Mutton & rice, inspector-in-charge transferred
The Jalpaiguri district police soon ordered an inquiry into the unwarranted hospitality extended to the detainees and the inspector-in-charge was transferred.
In a bizzare turn of events in West Bengal, a group of 30-odd BJP leaders and workers, who were arrested during the 12-hour strike called by the party, was served “mangsho and bhaat” (mutton and rice) at the Jalpaiguri Kotwali police station on Tuesday.
But the drama did not end there as withing 24 hours, both parties found themselves in a sticky situation over this lucheon.
The Jalpaiguri district police soon ordered an inquiry into the unwarranted hospitality extended to the detainees and Biswasroy Sarkar, the inspector-in-charge, was transferred, reported The Telegraph.
Though the police said that the transfer was a routine process, The Telegraph's soucres suggested that the "senior officers were livid with what had happened at the police station."
Although some local leaders saw this grand luncheon as a mark of BJP's growing influence in the area, the senior district leaders expressed their displeasure.
“We will talk to those who had lunch at the police station on Tuesday. The policemen might have offered it but they should have instead rejected the lunch as they were arrested during a protest against suspected murder of a party MLA. The act of our party workers has not gone down well with senior BJP leaders,” said Bapi Goswami, the Jalpaiguri district BJP president, to The Telegraph.
On Tuesday, the BJP had called a 12-hour strike across north Bengal to protest the death of Dedendra Nath Roy, the BJP MLA of Hemtabad in North Dinajpur.
The police arrested protesters in almost all districts of north Bengal.
In Jalpaiguri, the police arrested a group of around 30 bandh supporters, including local leaders, around 12.15pm and they were brought to Kotwali police station.
“We were taken to the police station and after some time, a police officer told us that we would be released later in the afternoon. He asked us what we would like to have for lunch. Some of us wanted to have mutton and rice,” Manash Mustafi, the Jalpaiguri district president of BJP’s Mazdoor Morcha, told The Telegraph.
Around 2.30 PM, the detainees were served food packets containing mutton and rice ordered from an eatery close to the police station.
This incident raises question on why the police went beyond its protocol and arranged for a lavish lunch for detainees belonging to the BJP. According to sources, senior police officers have ordered an inquiry and demanded justification for it.