West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Friday stated that political violence is stigmatising the state and requested the police and bureaucrats to work as “public servants, not political servants”. He maintained that his latest Twitter publish saying multiple rape or kidnapping occurred in West Bengal each hour in August was primarily based on official knowledge, although the state Home Department, which is beneath Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, termed it as “baseless”.
“West Bengal is the cultural epicentre of the world. Political violence is stigmatising the state,” Dhankhar stated whereas addressing a press convention right here in North Bengal.
His assertion got here days after Manish Shukla, a BJP chief of Titagarh in North 24 Parganas district, was shot lifeless, with the saffron social gathering claiming that the TMC was behind it. The ruling social gathering has denied the cost.
“We have an unrivalled heritage. Why should our face be blackened by such kind of political violence, political vendetta, targeted killings with no space for the opposition? This is not democracy,” he stated.
The governor, who has been at loggerheads with the state authorities over a variety of points, asserted that he means it if he says that the state can have free and honest polls. Assembly elections in West Bengal are more likely to be held in April or May subsequent yr.
Holding that multiple rape or kidnapping occurred in West Bengal each hour in August as per knowledge offered to him formally, Dhankhar stated that by bringing the knowledge in public data, he sensitised individuals on crime towards ladies. He stated that experiences containing knowledge on crime for August had been despatched to him by divisional commissioners, which that they had concurrently despatched to the chief secretary of the state.
“In the month of August, in the state of West Bengal there were 223 rapes, there were 639 kidnappings; if we go by the hour, there were more than one rape or kidnapping during each hour of August, 2020,” he stated.
It was genuine official data with the signature of district magistrates and divisional commissioners, however the state Home division termed the information as incorrect, the governor stated.
“I have put both the chief secretary and the home secretary on caution. I am yet to get their response,” he stated.
The Raj Bhavan and the Trinamool Congress authorities had on October 6 crossed swords over statistics of rapes and kidnappings with the state Home Department questioning the authenticity of the figures quoted by Dhankhar.
After the division tweeted that the “Allegations are baseless, ill-founded, and misguiding”, the governor requested the chief secretary and extra chief secretary in-charge of Home Department to withdraw it.” “All bureaucrats, in administration and police, should always remember that they should be politically neutral. They are public servants, they aren’t political servants,” Dhankhar said in the press conference.
Describing the situation as grim and alarming, he said, “The lengthy arm of the regulation will meet up with them. We can not have forms and police that’s politicised.”
Posters and festoons decrying the governor and alleging that he is acting on behalf of a particular political party appeared at various places on the roads through which he travelled to Alipurduar on Friday morning to pay homage to Galwan martyr Havildar Bipul Roy.
In his Twitter handle, however, Dhankhar shared a video clip of a group of people who were standing by a village road, waving at his convoy. Several of them were holding printed message welcoming the governor. The governor said that he will spend the month of November at the Raj Bhavan in Darjeeling and will visit various districts of North Bengal.
He said that the region has great potential for tourism and the tea industry, Dhankhar said that rail tracks between Haldibari in North Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district and Chilahati in neighbouring Bangladesh will be functional from March next year after 56 years.
According to a North East Frontier Railway spokesman, work on relaying of tracks on the route is almost complete and other construction work will also be completed by December. He said that the Asian Highway connecting several countries in South East Asia will have a significant impact on the development of the North Bengal region of the state along with the north-eastern states.
(With inputs from PTI)