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Feb 16, 2013 at 05:53pm IST

Cong-TMC clashes: Mamata Banerjee sacks Firhad Hakim as party spokesperson

Kolkata: A day after sacking the Kolkata Police Commissioner RK Pachnanda over the killing of a policeman during a TMC-Congress clash, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has cracked the whip against her own colleague, Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim. Hakim has been stripped off his role as the party's official spokesperson.

The move comes after it came to light that Hakim was close to one of the key suspected conspirators in the shooting case, Munna. Hakim had in fact given Munna a clean chit on Tuesday, which had invited criticim from Governor MK Narayanan. Meanwhile, three more people have been arrested in connection with the shooting case.

Sub-inspector Tapas Chowdhury was killed in the Congress, Trinamool Congress clashes that broke out during student elections at a college.

The West Bengal Governor had taken on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over the sacking of the Kolkata Police Commissioner. While the government maintains he was sacked due to delay in filing the FIR after student union violence outside the college, sources say he was sacked for getting a TMC leader arrested.