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Complaint against Mamata for abusing security officials.

Kolkata West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has courted another controversy for publicly abusing her security guard on Wednesday evening, when she made an unscheduled stop at the Kolkata Book Fair.

Rights body Association of Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR) has now filed a complaint against Banerjee in the State Human Rights Commission, taking exception to the behavior and language used by Banerjee, which it describes as "gross violation of human rights".

"The way she has publicly abused the officer, who is also a government employee is serious violation of his rights. If you abuse or attack a government employee on duty it is a criminal offence as per the Indian Penal Code," said a spokesperson of APDR.

Officials inform that Banerjee walked out of Gate No 3, at the fair, expecting to find the car she had left at Gate No 1. However, since the visit was short police had no time to place her car in the changed location as it is difficult to move through the massive crowds and traffic jams at the fair. She was very upset at not finding her car and after waiting for about two minutes, she started walking on the road. Police threw a security ring around her and stopped traffic, but they could not maintain the cordon as scores of people rushed towards her making it a security nightmare. "It was scheduled that she would leave via the main gate so her car was kept there," said an officer.

Angered over the delay, Banerjee shouted at the guards saying, "You should be whipped." The chief minister's audio was loud enough to be captured on camera. The police official at the receiving end was Kusum Kumar Dwivedi who has been her personal security for many years, and was recently awarded by her at a function of the Kolkata Police.

The opposition Left Front has hit out at Banerjee describing her behavior towards a government employee as despicable and said, "it clearly brings out that she lost it. The language used by her befits a feudal empress rather than an elected leader. If a Chief Minister says she will publicly whip a police officer, what message does it send to the people of the state?"

"The morale of the police force is severely affected when a Chief Minister abuses officers in such bad language. The police really do not know what to do next," said ex-police commissioner Tushar Talukdar.

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Date:Feb 8, 2013
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