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MAMATA BANERJEE GEARS UP FOR AAP’S MEGA RALLY

ANM News Desk: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee arrived in Delhi on Tuesday night to take part in a mega opposition rally called by the AAP at Jantar Mantar today.

The Trinamool Congress supremo will also visit Parliament and participate in an official event in the city.

Banerjee will address the Aam Aadmi Party’s ‘Tanashahi Hatao, Desh Bachao’ rally at Jantar Mantar on Wednesday.

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FIRST PHASE OF CBI QUESTIONING OF RAJEEV TO BE OVER ON WEDNESDAY, POLICE CHIEF EXPECTED TO RETURN HOME

Our Correspondent, Delhi and Shillong: Finally the first phase of CBI questioning of Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar is expected to be over by Wednesday. Sources close to CBI officials connected with investigations claimed that Rajeev has been called for another round of questioning tomorrow morning and then he will be allowed to return to Kolkata to prepare a few answers. If things going according to schedule police chief will return to Kolkata on Wednesday evening. ANM News have reliably learnt that Rajeev Kumar has sought time from the CBI for answers and documented information on few issues concerning the Saradha probe. Director CBI, Rishi Shukla personally monitored the case from Delhi and reviewed the progress of questioning of the police commissioner. CBI officers in Delhi claimed that Kumar can be called once again in the second phase if required.
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Ignored by Modi, lapped up by Mamata

Avijit Nandi Majumdar,Editor-in-Chief : The former special secretary internal security, in the union ministry of home affairs, Rina Mitra has been appointed as principal advisor, internal security, by Mamata Banerjee government. Even couple of weeks earlier she was in the run for the top job of CBI. Unfortunately, she retired a couple of days before the meeting to select the new CBI director took place. The 1983 batch Madya Pradesh Cadre IPS was livid about being ignored. She told her close circles that it was a conspiracy to keep her out of contention. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee was quick to take the cue. Mitra is an experienced hand having served in the CBI as well as other central agencies. More importantly, she and her late husband John Mitra are both MP cadre IPS officers. Interestingly current CBI director Rishi Shukla is also a MP cadre IPS officer and so is the current joint director East, Pankaj Srivastava, spearheading investigations into the Saradha and Narada scams. “I am very happy and looking forward to join as soon as possible,” Mitra told ANM News over phone from Delhi. Incidentally, Surajit Kar Purakayastha the State Security Advisor (SSA) is 1985 batch IPS of West Bengal cadre. Rina Mitra is well known in the state police circles being related to former police commissioner Sujoy Chakraborty and former director general of police, Naparajit Mukherjee. Her son-in-law is a serving IAS officer in the state.

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CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT BILL TO BE TABLED IN RAJYA SABHA AS PROTESTS RAGE ON

ANM News Desk: The contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill will be tabled in Rajya Sabha today even as northeast continues to burn in protests against the proposed law.

The bill will be moved by Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the Upper House. The bill was cleared by the Lok Sabha on January 8 and if cleared in Rajya Sabha, it will become a law. However, the ruling alliance lacks absolute numbers in the Upper House, which might prove a hurdle in their way to pass the bill.

The bill will grant nationality to Hindus, Parsis, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians and Jains from the neighbouring countries, but not Muslims which has triggered widespread protests in the northeast states, who have raised strong objections about discriminating against immigrants.

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RAJEEV REFUSES TO TAKE BLAME. CLAIM PROBE IS A TEAMWORK: CBI

From Our Correspondents, Delhi and Shillong: Kolkata police Chief Rajeev Kumar has refused to take the blame for any lapses in investigations in the saradha chit fund case. According to CBI insiders, a much mellowed Kumar claimed that as head of special Investigation team overseeing the Saradha chit fund case, he was supervising the probe while a team of officers were interrogating the accused and carrying out day to day investigations. For the second day director CBI Rishi Kumar Shukla personally monitored the progress of Kolkata police commissioner’s grilling and exchanged views with his officers. Sources close to CBI director mentioned that Kumar admitted to a few “missing links” in investigations but claimed that he is not responsible for it. According to CBI officials, Rajeev mentioned names of his senior officers and juniors who were connected with the investigations or supervised the SIT. ANM News have been told by CBI officials that names of four serving IPS officers and two retired IPS officers have surfaced during the course of questioning of the police commissioner. In the meantime former TMC MP Kunal Ghosh has also been questioned and then made to sit face to face in a room with the police commissioner. Ghosh had made some very serious allegations of damaging of evidences against Kumar. The grilling of Kumar will continue tomorrow, CBI officials mentioned.

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TMC MLA SHOT DEAD DURING SARASWATI PUJA PROGRAMME

ANM News Desk: Trinamool Congress MLA Satyajit Biswas was shot dead by unidentified assailants on Saturday night, police said. Biswas, the legislator from Krishnaganj in Nadia district, was shot from point-blank range in Phulbari where he had gone to attend a programme on the eve of Saraswati Puja.

He was immediately taken to a local hospital where doctors announced him “brought dead”.

State minister Ratna Ghosh and Gourishankar Dutta, president of Nadia Trinamool Congress unit, luckily survived the attack as they left the spot minutes before the firing.

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COP ARRESTED FOR PASSING INFORMATION TO BJP LEADER BHARATI GHOSH

From Our Coprrespondent: In a pre-dawn swoop CID arrested the officer in charge of Special Operations Group of Alipurduar police on charges of allegedly passing on call details record and other sensitive information of senior police officers to former cop turned BJP leader Bharati Ghosh. The officer was earlier posted in West Midnapur when Bharati Ghosh was superintendent of police and considered close to her. As an OC SOG, he was responsible for keeping track of underground militants and terrorists and political leaders. CID investigations revealed that the officer was working at thye behest of Bharati Ghosh and was regulalrly taking orders from her and passing on sensitive information and documents to her. CID laid a trap and arrested him.

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FIRE SPARKS PANIC AT A HOTEL NEAR BENGAL GLOBAL BUSINESS SUMMIT

By a staff reporter: Fire broke out at Zone by the Park, a five star property near Biswa Bangla convention Centre in New Town even as state finance minister Amit Mitra was holding a meeting with a few foreign business delegates. The hotel is adjacent to Biswa Bangla Convention Centre, the venue of high profile Bengal Global Business Summit.

Fire Brigade sources said fire was noticed at the Spa of the hotel and was doused immediately with the help of sprinklers. Smoke however billowed from the Spa creating panic among guests. Mitra had to cutshort his meeting and fire minister Sujit Bose rushed to the spot and supervised the operation. Fire Brigade officials mentioned that the situation was brought under control within an hour. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present in her chamber at the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre when the incident happened.

 

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CENTRE TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST 5 SENIOR OFFICIALS AMID CBI VS. KP STANDOFF

ANM News Desk: The Centre is likely to take action against five senior police officers of West Bengal, including DGP Virendra Kumar, for taking part in the dharna of CM Mamata Banerjee.

This may also include stripping off meritorious awards and removing the officers from the list of seniority. A similar action is also expected against Kolkata CP Rajeev Kumar.

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NO LET UP IN CBI PRESSURE ON CHIT FUND CASE: NOTICE TO BE SENT TO A SENIOR TMC MINISTER SHORTLY

Avijit Nandi Majumdar, Editor-in-Chief: CBI move to interrogate Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar is just the beginning as the central agency is shortly sending notice to a senior minister in the Bengal cabinet who is also party strongman of East Midnapur district to interrogate him for his role in the chit fund scam. Highly placed sources in the CBI told ANM News that they have gathered documents and evidences against the minister and will send him notice. Sources indicated that CBI director Rishi Shukla was closeted in a series of meetings with Joint Director East Pankaj Srivastava and other senior CBI officers in Delhi.