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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Political Parties Demand Probe, threaten Stir Regarding Allegations against DM

MALDA, 11 MAY: Sharp reaction was seen in the district over the allegations against the district magistrate (DM) of humiliating woman NVF personnel. Both the Trinamul Congress and the CPI-M raised their voice in this regard. Besides demand of probe, political parties threatened stir against the humiliations of the woman. An effort to hush up the issue is also feared. 

It may be noted that DM of Malda Dr (Smt) Archana had allegedly locked up one NVF worker in a bathroom at the lapse of the latter’s household chores. Parbati Halder, the NVF lodged a complaint that DM had locked her up on 9 May after abusing her verbally. After more than four hours she was released. Although the DM could not be availed even after contacting her over phone, the superintendent of police Jayanta Pal said that he had received a complained through official channel.

Chailtali Sarkar, district Trinamul Congress president said, “It is most inhuman. We had heard similar allegation against the DM regarding the ill treatment of her subordinates earlier. But this time it has crossed all the limits. We are sending the entire report to our highest leadership and would request for an in depth enquiry into the matter to reveal the truth.”

CPI-M’s women’s wing Ganatantrik Mahila Samity (GMS) has planned similar agitation. A team of the organization today met the superintendent of police (SP) to seek permission for agitation before DM’s bungalow. However, the permission was denied. Later, Runu Kundu, leader of GMS said, “We had visited hospital but were surprised to find that no patient named Parbati Halder was admitted there. But everybody knows it and media had talked to her yesterday at hospital. We fear that administration is trying to hush up the issue. We’ll launch an agitation on Monday over this issue before SP’s office.”

BJP too had met the SP over the issue. State BJP leader Biswapriya Roychoudhury said, “When such an allegation has come up, police must take action. DM is not above the law. If administration tries to hush up the issue people will rage in protest.”

Sources said that four women NVF workers engaged in DM’s bungalow at present had expressed their wish to discontinue their service there.    

Meanwhile, the divisional commissioner AK Singh is coming to Malda on 13 May to attend a meeting convened by the minister. It’s being anticipated that he may look into the matter ‘on receipt of formal instructions’ in this regard. Mr Singh said: “I would reach Malda to attend a meeting. There’s no agenda of enquiring into the matter. I may do so only after receipt of formal instructions from higher authorities.”

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