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Bengal Guv orders Kolkata Police to vacate Raj Bhavan premises

By Sudipto Chowdhury
Last updated on: June 17, 2024 15:28 IST
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West Bengal Governor C V Ananda Bose on Monday ordered Kolkata Police personnel deployed at the Raj Bhavan to immediately vacate the premises, an official said.

IMAGE: West Bengal Governor CV Ananda Bose. Photograph: ANI Photo

Bose is planning to convert the police outpost near the North Gate of the Raj Bhavan into a 'Jan Manch' (public platform), he said.

"The governor has directed police officers deployed inside the Raj Bhavan, including the officer-in-charge, to immediately vacate the premises," the official told PTI.


The move comes days after the police prevented Bharatiya Janata Party leader Suvendu Adhikari and alleged victims of post-poll violence in the state from entering the Raj Bhavan to meet Bose, despite the governor giving them a written permission in this regard.

The police had stopped Adhikari from entering the Raj Bhavan citing Section 144 of CrPC, which is in force outside the Governor House, prohibiting large gatherings.

Bose had written to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, seeking to know on what ground Adhikari and the others were stopped by police from entering the Raj Bhavan premises.

The Calcutta High Court subsequently questioned whether Bose was effectively under "house arrest", and allowed Adhikari to visit Raj Bhavan with the “victims of post-poll violence” upon receiving permission from the governor's office.

Adhikari and another person had filed a petition in the high court, asserting that despite having written permission, police had barred their entry into the Raj Bhavan.

Following the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP accused the TMC of post-poll violence, which the ruling party in the state has denied.

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