Governor questions Kolkata police chief's removal

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 14, 2013 16:40 hrs

Kolkata, Feb 14 (IANS) West Bengal Governor M.K. Narayanan Thursday dubbed as "wrong" the removal of Kolkata Police chief R.K. Pachnanda in the wake of the killing of a policeman in a clash earlier in the week.

"There may be several reasons why a police commissioner is removed but if he has been removed for what has happened in the last few days, then quite clearly there is something wrong and we need to look at it," Narayanan told media here.

"I don't know the reason why the police commissioner has been removed. But if it has something to do with what has happened in the last few days, I think it is something that has to be looked at very carefully," he said.

Referring to Pachnanda's transfer, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said:"I had to take such a strong action because the criminals were not arrested in time. If they were in the other side of the world even they should have been arrested".

Tapas Chowdhury, a sub-inspector attached to the special branch, was shot from close range while trying to control the clashing students Tuesday. Twelve people have been taken into custody.

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