Mamata’s relative in a spot over fracas at airport

first_imgTrinamool Congress MP and nephew of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Abhishek Banerjee on Sunday denied allegations levelled against his wife Rijura Naroola by Customs officials posted at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport. He alleged that she was being “targeted for being associated with him”.A complaint by Additional Commissioner of Customs S.K. Biswas has alleged that Ms. Naroola, along with a fellow passenger and police personnel, resorted to criminal intimidation and voluntarily/ intentionally obstructed Customs officials from discharge of their duties. According to the complaint letter, the incident took place on the intervening night of March 15 and 16 when Ms. Naroola arrived at the NSCBI airport on a Thai Airways flight.“A number of news portals, websites and a few national publications have published the news that my wife was detained with 2 kg of gold. There is no truth in the news and we will take legal action against these publications,” Mr. Banerjee said. He added that a complaint had been registered against custom officials for harassing his wife.The Trinamool Congress MP questioned why the gold his wife was allegedly caught with, was not confiscated. “Was the chowkidaar sleeping,” he asked.Role of policeAsked about the intervention of the police in the matter, the MP said since his wife was suffering from “some medical conditions”, a lady staff was there to assist her.The Customs complaint, however, mentions the presence of several policemen, including a Sub-Inspector, from the airport police station. “They were interfering in discharge of duty by customs officers and pressurising them to release the passengers,” the letter said.Referring to the issue, the BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta said, “The matter should be brought in public domain, because certain people have blocked it out. The onus falls on Customs [officials] so that West Bengal does not become an island of VIP nepotism.”last_img

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