Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Tuesday (November 17) accused the West Bengal Police and the state administration of “gross dereliction of duty”, claiming that proper treatment was not accorded to BJP MP Jagannath Sarkar on Sunday (November 15) when he went to pay tribute to martyred Army soldier Subodh Ghosh in Nadia district.

Mr Dhankhar also sought a report from the top brass of the state government on what he dubbed was "delinquency in uniform".

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Jagannath Sarkar on Monday (November 16) alleged he was heckled and insulted by the police before being allowed to pay tributes to the soldier in Raghunathpur village. However, Trinamool Congress leaders, including the party’s Krishnanagar MP Mohua Moitra, did not face any obstruction. The state administration has denied the allegation and said what occurred was due to a “simple misunderstanding”.

After hearing about the incident, the governor tweeted, “Police ''Political neutrality'' @MamataOfficial in flames! Treatment meted out @WBPolice to MP Jagannath Sarkar at last rite ceremony of martyr Sh Subodh Ghosh at Palassy crematorium, Nadia is gross dereliction of duty by SP and DM #Nadia.”

 

The governor said democracy has been put to shame due to the incident. Mr Dhankhar also said he has brought to the notice of the state security advisor the improper treatment meted out to the BJP lawmaker.

On Tuesday, Dhankhar said he had written a letter to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, inviting her attention to the law-and-order situation in the state.

“Invited attention @MamataOfficial ‘Rule of law and democracy can never countenance state apparatus @WBPolice @KolkataPolice @HomeBengal inspired implication of innocent citizens in false criminal cases at the behest of political masters to subserve political ends,” said Dhankhar, sharing a copy of the letter dated November 15.

“Urged @MamataOfficial to sensitise police & administration to be ‘politically neutral’. Public servants working as political workers pose serious threat to constitutionalism, democratic governance & rule of law. Long arm of law is bound to catch up with such delinquency,” he said.