Kolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government has “advised” Bengal governor Keshari Nath Tripathi against visiting a police officer injured in the Asansol flare-up now as persisting tension makes it difficult to provide him with adequate security.
The “advice” is being seen as an indication of another tussle between the Raj Bhavan and the government over law and order.
Raj Bhavan sources said Tripathi had wanted to meet Arindam Dutta Chowdhury, deputy commissioner of police (headquarters) whose right hand was almost severed by a bomb on Monday, at a hospital in Durgapur. Chowdhury was wounded after a stone hurled at a crowd triggered a scuffle that snowballed into bomb-throwing duel between two sides in Raniganj town in the Asansol area, around 30km from Durgapur.
“The governor wanted to visit the (Durgapur) hospital but the state government advised that the visit be deferred citing the tension. The Raj Bhavan is in touch with the state administration and whenever the situation allows, the governor wants to meet the injured officer,” said a Raj Bhavan official.