Siliguri transgenders protest against transfer of Ranger Sanjoy Dutta

Siliguri, 20th July: After the transfer of Belakoba Range Officer Sanjoy Dutta was announced, a group of transgenders expressed displeasure over the decision and staged demonstrations at Jabravita adjacent to the NJP area, on Monday.

It is to be noted, the Asian Games gold medal-winning heptathlete Swapna Barman’s house at Kaliaganj, Jalpaiguri was raided by forest department officials for alleged illegal possession of timber. However, Barman claimed that she ‘did not steal’ anything. Allegedly, the forest officials gave her a 30-day notice to produce a supporting document of the purchase.

Angered by the incident, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, during a press conference at Nabanna on Thursday, condemned the role of the forest officials and stated that the Ranger will be transferred.

On Monday, a protestor Bipasha Haldar described Sanjoy Dutta as an honest and loyal officer and stated that he has given a huge contribution towards the protection of forests and its resources. Besides, she claimed that Dutta also stood by the needy people in their times of difficulty.

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