New chief tells his officers to minimise arms use

In his first meeting with the officers, the new Commissioner of Kolkata Police, Surojit Kar Purakayastha on Saturday instructed the officers in-charge of all the police stations to minimise the use of arms while dealing with a law and order situation and emphasised on the use of non-lethal weapons. Purakayastha said the police force tends to depend on fire arms during a law and order situation.

Significantly, Director General of Police Naparajit Mukherjee issued a circular and instructed the police not to carry arms while they are on duty during a law and order situation.

It has been learnt that the CP has also raised questions over the efficiency of the special branch of Kolkata Police. He is said to have instructed his officers to be more 'specific' while collecting intelligence input and submitting reports.

An officer of the special branch of Kolkata Police, Tapas Choudhury, was killed during a college election in Garden Reach area four days ago. Even though the SB report clearly stated that the local toughs in the area had stockpiled arms and crude bombs and there were chances of armed clashes in the college premises, the police officers were sent on duty in the area without arms.

The detective department of Kolkata Police, which started investigating into the incident of Tapas Choudhury's death, is said to have been directed to act 'promptly' while investigating the incident. "The investigation team has to be more efficient while investigating a sensitive case," said a police officer on the condition of anonymity.

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