Saturday, March 17, 2018

Bengal police enter Calcutta air traffic control room (again) to ensure timely landing of Mamata's flight

Calcutta: The air traffic control room at the city airport had two outsiders on Friday afternoon - cops sent by the Bidhannagar commissionerate to ensure hassle-free landing of chief minister Mamata Banerjee's flight from Bagdogra, sources said.

This was the second time in less than a month that police entered the ATC - a high-security zone - before the touch-down of the chief minister's flight from Bagdogra.

In November 2016, a delayed landing of Mamata's flight from Patna, and the pilot's complaint that the aircraft was running out of fuel, had prompted Trinamul to allege a conspiracy to murder the chief minister.

On Friday, two officers of the Bidhannagar commissionerate sat in front of the official in charge of the ATC for the entire duration of the chief minister's flight.

"They entered the control room before the CM's flight had taken off from Bagdogra and stayed there for more than an hour, till it landed. The ATC team was extremely uncomfortable at the presence of the policemen," an airport official said.

Both cops had entry passes, he said.

Four policemen had entered the control room when Mamata was flying back from Bagdogra on February 23. Three of them allegedly did not have an entry permit.
17/03/18 Sanjay Mandal/Telegraph