Cop killing: Kolkata police chief changed
Kolkata: Two days after a policeman was shot dead during a clash between student activists, the West Bengal government shifted out Kolkata police chief Ranjit Kumar Pachnanda for failure to apprehend the criminals, replacing him with Surajit Kar Purakayastha.
While chief minister Mamata Banerjee who also holds the home portfolio attributed the "strong action" on the "police's failure to arrest the criminals in time", Governor MK Narayanan disapproved Pachananda's removal and asked for a serious introspection by the government.
"If he has been removed for what has happened in the last few days, then quite clearly there is something wrong. I think it is something that has to be looked at very carefully," Narayanan said following Pachananda's removal. Pachnanda, a 1983 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer who took over as the city police commissioner Mar 18, 2011, will now be the additional director general (ADG), security.
The slain cop - Tapas Chowdhury - a sub-inspector, was shot from close range while trying to control the clashing students in West kolkata's Garden Reach area . Twelve people have been taken into custody in connection with the killing.