Tapas Basu, assistant commissioner 1 (AC1) of the south division, Tuesday became the third police officer to feel the heat of the investigations in the Short Street shootout case.
Basu was stripped off the charge of Park Street and Shakespeare Sarani police stations. He, however, still retains the charge of Bhawanipore and Kalighat.
Sources at Lalbazar said that Mamata Agarwal, the headmistress of the Montessori at 9A Short Street, currently in jail, had filed an appeal in Calcutta High Court earlier this year seeking police protection. She had said several people were trying to forcefully take possession of the litigated property. Accordingly, the court sought a report from the Commissioner of Police on Agarwals demand.
The commissioner of police asked the then DC (south), Vishal Garg to submit the report. Garg, in turn, asked Basu to look into it. Sources said that Basu, in his report, had said that if police protection was provided at the plot, it would mean giving advantage to one of the parties. After the shootout on November 11, Lalbazar officials believe Basu had underplayed the threat and thus this step. Since investigations are on, he has been removed as in-charge of the two police stations to avoid any influence from his end, a senior police official said.
Earlier, sub-inspector Noor Ali and OC Piyush Kundu were transferred after preliminary investigations revealed that the Ali was in regular contact with people dealing with the litigated property and Kumar had revealed some important details.