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PTI Kolkata
Updated: 26-11-2018 20:45 IST

An IAS officer posted as the

Rampurhat SDO has written to the West Bengal chief secretary

alleging confinement and harassment by the sub-divisional

police officer during a visit to a police station in his

jurisdiction, a senior government official said Monday.

The state government has initiated a high-level probe

into the complaint of the IAS officer, who had joined as

Rampurhat sub-divisionl officer in June, he said.

Rampurhat SDO Smrutiranjan Mohanty has written to

chief secretary Malay Kumar De and to home secretary Atri

Bhattacharya alleging that he was harassed and confined at the

Rampurhat police station by Rampurhat SDPO Abhishek Roy and

other police officers during his visit there on November 16.

Mohanty, who had gone on leave since the day after

the incident took place, has also urged the administration to

take immediate action against the accused police personnel and

sought police protection.

He said that his office had been receiving several

complaints of extortion and corruption in several business

activities in the sub-division.

Following it he had made several attempts to contact

the inspector in-charge of Rampurhat police station but in

vain. This had prompted him to visit the police station during

which he was threatened by Roy and other police officers, the

SDO said in his letter, a copy of which is with PTI.

Mohanty alleged that Roy had challenged his presence

at the police station and that he and the local police locked

its doors, confined him and refused to allow him to leave.

Mohanty in his letter claimed that he was allowed to

leave after being harassed and made to answer a large number

of questions on his powers.

He said that under Section 22(a) of Police Regulation,

1943, Bengal, he was well within his rights to make a thana

inspection annually and report the findings to the district


Birbhum District Magistrate Moumita Godara in her

report has, however, ruled out that Mohanty was confined in

the police station.

Godara said she had asked the Birbhum superintendent

of police to rush to the police station after getting a call

from the IAS officer.

Video footages and other evidences available showed

that Mohanty was not confined by any police personnel during

his visit to the Rampurhat police station as alleged by him,

she told PTI.

Godara said she has already forwarded the letter to

the chief secretary.

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