November 6, 2008

Seven West Bengal police officials served notices for security lapses

Kolkata, Nov 5 (IANS): The West Bengal government Wednesday issued notices to seven police officials for security lapses during Sunday’s landmine blast that targeted Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and two union ministers, the police said.”Two district deputy superintendent of police, a district intelligence officer, the sub-divisional police officer (SDPO), the officer-in-charge of Salboni police station, the circle inspector and one additional police superintendent have been issued notices,” Inspector General of Police Raj Kanojia told reporters here.

“Explanation has been sought regarding their negligence in supervising the security set up Sunday at Salboni,” he said. Bhattacharjee and central ministers Ram Vilas Paswan and Jitin Prasada had a narrow escape in the landmine blast, which occurred near a culvert as they were returning after the groundbreaking ceremony of the JSW Bengal Steel project in Salboni. Six policemen in Paswan’s pilot car were injured in the blast.

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