Kashmir Transfer A Punishment, A Bengal BJP Leader Believes

SRINAGAR: A transfer to Kashmir was always seen a key to growth and success. But a BJP politician dubbed it a punishment while threatening an IPS officer of transfer. A case has been registered against him, reports appearing in media said.

West Bengal BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari was addressing party workers when he named IPS officer, Amarnath K. “A young boy has come as SP here, Amarnath K. I know all that he is up to, I am a veteran player,” Adhikari was quoted saying. “I want to tell him that you are a central cadre officer so don’t indulge in anything for which you may get posted in Anantnag or Baramulla in Kashmir.”

The BJP leader who heads the opposition in West Bengal assembly also added: “I have all the phone numbers and call records of the phone calls that you get from the office of the nephew (meaning chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew, Abhishek). If you have the state government with you, we have the Central government with us.”

The remarks come at a time when the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government has initiated an investigation into multiple cases against Suvendu Adhikari. These include a tarpaulin theft case and the mysterious murder of his security guard in 2018. The revelations about phone records came at a time when the BJP government is facing the music for allegedly hiring an Israeli snooping firm to monitor various people including journalists. Interestingly, Abhishek is also on the list whose phone was reportedly being monitored.

Police quickly registered a case against the BJP leader and many others who shared the dice with him. The case was registered under provisions of the National Disaster Management Act and Section 5 of the Official Secrets Act at Tamluk police station in East Midnapore, Adhikari’s home district.

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