West Bengal: Home dept announces transfer of IPS officers, days after security breach at CM residence

Within a week of the security breach at Prime Minister Mamata Banerjee’s residence, West Bengal’s Home Ministry announced the transfer or promotion of 15 Prison Service officers on Wednesday.

Notably, Director (Security) Vivek Sahay has been replaced by ADG & IGP (Corrective Services) Peeyush Pandey. Vivek Sahay will take over as a DGP (Provisioning). Manoj Kumar Verma, Commissioner of Police, Barakpur, will take charge as Additional Proof (Security) at IGP rank with additional cost of IGP (Law & Order). Ajay Kumar Thakur, who holds the position of Joint CP (Crime) in Barrackpore, has been promoted to be the Commissioner of Police in the commission area.

ADG & IGP (CID) R Rajasekaran has been assigned an additional fee to the Anti-Corruption Branch. Where DIG (Malda Group) was manufactured by Alok Rajoria DIG (Burdwan Group).

While senior officials described it as a routine change, many considered the exercise to be a result of the recent incident. According to informed sources, Mamata Banerjee was upset about the security breach in her home.

On the night of Saturday and Sunday, a man entered the prime minister’s residence in Kalighat around 1am by climbing one of the walls. He spent about seven hours in the building and was noticed by the CM crew around 8:30 a.m. on Sunday. A special team has been set up to investigate how the man managed to enter the Z-class security zone. The accused, who was arrested on Sunday, has been detained pending investigation until July 11.

In the aftermath of the incident, police personnel in Nabbana, the State Secretariat and at the Prime Minister’s Residence in Kalighat were prohibited from using mobile phones while on duty.

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