Kolkata: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Saturday unilaterally summoned three IPS officers of West Bengal to serve in central deputation, days after the alleged security lapses during Bharatiya Janata Party chief JP Nadda’s visit to the state, officials said.
The three officers were responsible for the security of the BJP chief.
The move is likely to further escalate the ongoing tussle between the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal and the BJP-led central government following the attack on the convoy of Nadda two days ago.
Three Indian Police Service officers belonging to the West Bengal cadre have been called to serve in central deputation in view of the lapses that allegedly led to the attack on Nadda’s convoy in West Bengal, an MHA official said.
The decision has been taken under the rules governing the all India service officers, the official said.
However, in the latest update, the state government cleared its stand to the Centre and said the three IPS officers of Bengal cadre will not be released on Saturday, stating the move as “intimidatory” and emphasising that the state will have the “last word”.
Earlier, a letter was written after West Bengal chief secretary Alpan Bandopadhyay wrote to Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla asking to be excused from the proposed meeting on law and order, since the state government was already “addressing the issue with utmost seriousness”.
In response to the Centre’s letter about the three IPS officers, West Bengal is learnt to have written back saying it would not be able to spare the officers – and that they would not be sent to Delhi.
Senior Trinamool Congress MP Kalyan Banerjee also accused the Centre of being vindictive and said, “I have already written to MHA about this.”