Monday, November 29, 1999

State Security Commission meets for the first time in Bengal

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Kolkata, Jun 17 (PTI) Acting on the Supreme Court''s directive, the first meeting of State Security Commission in West Bengal on accountability and impartiality of the police was held here today. Health Minister Surjya Kanta Mishra, who chaired the meeting, told reporters that it would give its recommendations to the state government. "The state government will act on it and furnish the recommendation along with Action Taken Report (ATR) to the state assembly," Mishra said. The state government may accept any of the recommendation or cite its views on it, he said, adding nothing could be made public without placing the Commission''s recommendations and ATR in the state assembly. It would take about a year to make the Commission fully operational, Mishra said. Chief Secretary Ardhendu Sen said that the Commission would meet from time to time to review threat perceptions besides the impartiality of the police and related matters. Home Secretary Samar Ghosh, DGP Bhupinder Singh and acting Commissioner of Police (Kolkata) R K Pachnanda attended the meeting. Opposition Trinamool Congress boycotted the meeting on the ground that it was not chaired by Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee. The first meeting of West Bengal State Police Complaint Authority (SPCA) was also held here yesterday to keep watch on police excesses. "It (the SPCA) will keep a tab on police excesses like torture, rape and death in police custody," the DGP said. Though it did not have the power to take action, it would forward its recommendation to the government after inquiry, he said.

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