SSB troopers snatch away murder accused officer from Bengal Police

Kolkata, Feb 23,  A group of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) jawans on Friday forcibly took away a murder accused SSB commandant from the West Bengal police in South 24 Pargana district but later handed him back to police following intervention by top officials.

The incident took place on Friday morning when the accused SSB commandant Deepak Kumar Singh, arrested on Thursday from Diamond Harbour for allegedly shooting a person during a raid, was being taken for a medical check-up by police, a senior officer said.

“Six or seven SSB jawans came and forcibly freed him from police while he was being taken for a medical check-up. Singh and the SSB personnel then sped off from the spot in one of their vehicles,” Additional Director General of Police, Law, and Order, Anuj Sharma told IANS.

The commandant was later handed back to police by the SSB personnel and has been produced to the court along with the other accused in the murder case.

“Singh was handed over to the police later. He has been produced to the court. I have already talked to the Inspector General of SSB regarding today’s development. Let’s see what happens,” he said.

However, he refused to give out any details on whether the state administration would take up the matter of intervention in police proceedings with the Central government.

IG, SSB Shrikumar Bandopadhyay said he does not support the act by the troopers and that a departmental inquiry would be initiated against the accused officer as well as those involved in the incident.

Singh was arrested from Diamond Harbour’s Sarisha town along with two others after he allegedly opened fire on a miscreant named Altaf while conducting a raid to catch fake currency smugglers on Thursday. He has been slapped with charges of murder.