Didi on Dharna

Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee sat on a dharna to ‘safeguard the complete breakdown of constitutional frame work’ on Sunday evening after the state plunged into an unprecedented crisis over CBI investigation into chit fund scams.

This came after a CBI team reached Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar’s residence to ‘examine’ him but was detained. Banerjee rushed to the commissioner’s house and after a marathon meeting with all senior police officials, announced the dharana against ‘the blatant use of central police agencies by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah to silence the Opposition’. Senior bureaucrats, including Director General of Police, also reached the spot. Calling this a ‘Satyagraha movement’, the chief minister said she would hold cabinet meetings from a makeshift arrangement near the dharna mancha and run the state from there. Senior bureaucrats, including Director General of Police also reached the spot.

“I feel ashamed to speak to such a prime minister who has been continuously torturing and humiliating West Bengal. The PM and Shah have been trying to trigger tension and organise a coup in the state,” said Banerjee.

On Sunday evening, CBI officials were not allowed to enter the top cop’s residence and were asked to show relevant documents regarding the interrogation. Meanwhile, another CBI team reached the Park Street police station. However, within half an hour, a Kolkata Police team picked up the CBI officials from outside Kumar’s residence and took them to the nearby Shakespeare Sarani police station. The CBI officials were detained there. In another action, the Kolkata Police reached CBI joint director Pankaj Srivastav’s residence and the agency office in Salt Lake.

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