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Police Indifference

D Bandyopadhyay's incisive commentary ('Licence to Kill?', January 6) makes a thought-provoking impact. The initiator of Operation Barga was the late Benoy Krishna Choudhuri, the illustrious land reforms minister of West Bengal during the first three terms of Left Front government. But on reading Bandyopadhyay, one is alarmed at the law and order situation in West Bengal. Bandyopadhyay – an officer of high integrity – is peeved at the rise of neo-mafiosi, while a politburo member and West Bengal state committee secretary of CPI(M) stated recently that the police are 'efficient' in the state.

Bandyopadhyay observes that "West Bengal has been witnessing in despair and fear, a rising spate of criminality involving dacoity, robbery, extortion, abduction and similar activities over the last couple of years". It is just not a matter of sheer coincidence that during the last five years, law and order has been overseen by Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee as then home (police) minister. One wishes Bhattacharjee all success as the new chief minister of West Bengal but he ought to look back critically.

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