Kolkata, April 01, 2023 (PPI-OT): The Chairperson of India’s National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Priyank Kanoongo, has claimed that he was roughed up by the police officers while visiting the home of a minor girl in Tiljala area of Kolkata who was killed by a neighbour earlier this week. “Bengal police officer Biswak Mukherjee beat me up at Tiljala police station in West Bengal. Policemen were secretly recording our investigation proceedings. They beat me up for protesting against this,” Kanoongo tweeted in Hindi.

The police, however, rubbished Kanoongo’s allegation and said the officers had cooperated with him, and it was the NCPCR chief who “misbehaved” with them. Meanwhile, West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights chief, Sudeshna Roy, claimed that Kanoongo “insulted her and her colleagues”, and that she was contemplating lodging a police complaint in this regard.

“The NCPCR team went there without informing us. When I reached the spot, he (Kanoongo) started speaking in a very insulting tone. He also tried to assault me,” she told the media. Roy had on Thursday written to NCPCR, stating that its proposed visit to West Bengal over the murder of a girl in Kolkata and the rape of another minor in Malda was “not really necessary”.

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