Union Residence Secretary holds meet with Bengal officers


Mukesh Ranjan

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 18

Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla today held a video conference meet with West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay and Director General of Police (DGP) Virendra after the senior officials from the state conveyed their inability to travel to the national capital.

Sources said the virtual meeting, which lasted about 35 minutes, went on well amicably. Other than the state officials from the Centre’s side, the Home Secretary, who chaired the meeting, was assisted by Intelligence Bureau Director Arvind Kumar and Joint Secretary (Internal Security) in the MHA Punya Salila Srivastava.

The sources said the Union Home Secretary took note of the political violence in the state and asked the state officials about the steps taken so far in this regard. Refusal by the state government to shift three IPS officers on central deputations also figured during the deliberations, they added. 

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