Bengal guv seeks performance report of state security advisers

West Bengal Governor JagdeepDhankhar on Thursday said terror outfits such as al-Qaeda havefound a haven in the state, and questioned the performance ofsecurity advisors in tackling threats.

Dhankhar, who has been at odds with the TMC governmentsince assuming charge in Bengal, sought a report on theperformance of state security advisor Surajit Kar Purakayasthaand principal advisor, internal security, Rina Mitra.

“Internal Security environment @MamataOfficialalarming with al-Qaeda finding WB safe haven and free runfor illegal bomb making. All this even after appointing retdIPS Surajit Kar Purkayastha as State Security Advisor and RinaMitra, as Principal Advisor, Internal Security,” he tweeted.

The governor further said there was a need to “enforceaccountability”.

“Why not be transparent with performance of thesesuper bosses @WBPolice and enforce accountability@MamataOfficial. Why delay sharing with Governor their dutiesand performance! Why all this with law & order getting beyondcliff hanging!” he wrote on his Twitter handle.

Nine terrorists associated with a Pakistan-sponsoredmodule of the al-Qaeda were arrested from various locations inWest Bengals Murshidabad and Keralas Ernakulam by theNational Investigation Agency (NIA) last month.

Purkayastha, a former DGP of West Bengal police, wasappointed as the state security advisor on June 2018, afterhis retirement as the top boss of the state police.

Mitra, who retired on January 2019 as specialsecretary (internal security) in the Union home ministry, tookcharge in Bengal in February last year.

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