Mamata Banerjee forms panel to probe Vidyasagar bust desecration

PTI Kolkata May 27, 2019, 10.49 PM(IST)

File photo: Chief Minister of West Bengal. Photograph:( AFP )

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"During the elections, miscreants destroyed the bust of Vidyasagar. We have formed a committee... It will look into the incident and its causes," Banarjee said at the state secretariat.

The West Bengal government has formed a five-member committee to probe the desecration of the bust of Vidyasagar during BJP president Amit Shah's rally in Kolkata earlier this month, news agency PTI reported quoting Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Monday.

The panel headed by newly-appointed Home Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay, also includes Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma, Additional Commissioner of Police Jawed Shamin and Principal of Vidyasagar College Goutam Kundu, Mamata was quoted as saying.

"During the elections, miscreants destroyed the bust of Vidyasagar. We have formed a committee... It will look into the incident and its causes," Banarjee said at the state secretariat.

Two FIRs have already been lodged in the case and 35 people have been arrested, the chief minister said.

The college named after Iswarchandra Vidyasagar, a key figure in the Bengal renaissance, was ransacked and a bust of the 19th-century social reformer shattered allegedly by BJP workers in clashes during a roadshow by party president Amit Shah in the city on May 14.