Death of Democracy

Mamata Banerjee blamed for IPS suicide

A retired Indian Police Service (IPS) officer from the West Bengal cadre, who purportedly committed suicide last week, held Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee “directly responsible” for his death.

The 1986-batch IPS officer, Gaurav Dutt, was reportedly found with a slit wrist, at his home on February 19. Dutt had taken voluntary retirement last year.

His father, Gopal Dutt, was former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s security officer.In the suicide note, Dutt said, “CM is directly responsible for my action in the form of abetment.”

Accusing Mamata Banerjee of harassment, Dutt wrote, “CM refuses to close my 2 pending proceeding cases. One case file is lost deliberately by WB govt. In 2nd case no corruption charge could be substantiated. Even DG requested CM but she refused to close cases.”

Dutt said, “Mamata Banerjee had victimized me for 10 years and went all out to demoralize me due to her single-minded vendetta against me for reasons best known to her.”

He alleged in his note that the CM had blocked his honest hard earned savings. “This vindictiveness of CM is unparalleled,” Dutt wrote.

However, Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) has dubbed the allegation as one with “no basis.” Gaurav Dutt, the 1986 batch IPS officer, was reportedly found with a slit wrist at his home on February 19. Dutt who had taken voluntary retirement last year wrote in his suicide note that Banerjee was “directly responsible” for abetting his suicide by constantly “victimizing” him for the past 10 years.

Describing the present situation in the state as “toxic and hellish” under the current regime, Dutt claimed no IPS officer in West Bengal “can open his mouth or speak his mind.” “Everyone is scared to death that they will face instant revenge from (the state’s) ruling party. All are prisoners here. No one is allowed to go to deputation also,” Dutt wrote.

A senior Trinamool Congress leader, however, rubbished the allegations against the party and its chief, and said the police were looking into the unnatural death. “Such allegations have no basis. I have not seen the letter, thus cannot comment on what is written there. I think the police have taken up the case of unnatural death. They are looking into the matter,” TMC Secretary General Partha Chatterjee said.

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