Friday, April 24, 2020

72 hours of CCTV footage at 3 airports under scanner to check if Prashant Kishor took cargo flight to Kolkata

New Delhi: The government is probing if political analyst Prashant Kishor violated the lockdown and travelled to Kolkata in a cargo flight on the invitation of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, by violating the coronavirus lockdown. 72 hours of CCTV footages at three airports are under the scanner to check if Prashant Kishor took the cargo flight to Kolkata.

According to agency reports, the aviation authorities have sought footage from three airports Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati to ascertain if Kishor indeed travelled to Kolkata.

"Air India, SpiceJet and BlueDart because in the last three days a total of nine cargo flights have operated from Delhi to Kolkata," news agency ANI quoted sources as saying.

The probe was initiated after reports emerged that Kishor had travelled to Kolkata after being summoned by Banerjee to develop a strategy to counter the central government-sent Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT).

The IMCT was sent to Kolkata, Howrah, Medinipur East, 24 Parganas North, Darjeeling, Kalimpong, and Jalpaiguri districts to review the situation at ground zero in light of coronavirus.

"Political strategist Prashant Kishor has arrived in Kolkata via cargo flight after West Bengal CM has summoned him to counter the Central government's IMCT team. Prashant Kishore denies the report that he took a cargo flight to Kolkata to assist West Bengal government in creating counter-narrative to Bengal's poor handling of COVID-19 situation," a media report had cited.
24/04/20 Times Now
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