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Ex-IPS Officer Sends Her Medal By Speed Post To Mamata Banerjee After CM Office Refused To Accept

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| March 8 , 2019 , 17:17 IST

Retired IPS officer Bharati Ghosh has returned a medal and certificate for commendable service that West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee awarded her on August 15, 2014, saying she does not need them to prove her worth.

Bharati Ghosh has joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on February 4 in New Delhi. She alleged rule of thugs has replaced democracy in her home state.

On February 28, Ghosh visited West Midnapore accompanied by BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and said that she has joined the BJP to work and not for any position.

Ghosh said she sent the medal and certificate by mail on Wednesday and that she wrote to the chief minister saying she should have returned them “much earlier”.

“The chief minister’s office declined to accept them when I sent the medal and certificate through a messenger. So I dispatched them through Speed Post,” Ghosh said on Thursday.

“My work speaks in Jungle Mahal and such medals are not needed. I hope other officers, be it in administrative service or police service, will follow my example and return their medals when they become victims of state repression or injustice,” she wrote to the chief minister.

“I would have returned the said Medal much earlier but the damage and loot by CID officers on 01.02.2018 in my matrimonial residence at Naktala left my residence in a shattered condition,” she wrote, adding the medal was dumped by CID officers “under a pile of wreckage.”

When asked if the CMO had received the letter, an official at the state secretariat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said, “I am not aware of it.”

Ghosh had once described Mamata Banerjee as the “mother” of the former Maoist-dominated areas of West Bengal but resigned in 2017 after being transferred to a less significant post and faced CID investigation on charges of extortion.

The BJP’s Bengal unit general secretary Sayantan Basu said the return of the medal by Ghosh shows apathy and humiliation by the government to officers.

Ghosh, who was serving as Deputy Superintendent, was promoted from West Bengal Police Service to the Indian Police Service and became a part of the TMC government’s crackdown on Maoists.

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She became the longest-serving woman police chief of the Maoist-hit Jhargram and West Midnapore regions. Around this time, she was considered to be close to Mamata, who would publicly refer to her as “bhalo meye, “good girl” and “daughter”. Ghosh, in turn, would call her “Maa” of Jangalmahal.

She was transferred to the apparently less significant post of a battalion commandant of State Armed Police on December 26, 2017. Ghosh resigned from the service on December 28, 2017.