Debashree Chatterjee, first woman officer-in-charge of Kolkata police, died today in a car accident along with two other officials, her driver and her official guard. The accident took place on the Durgapur Expressway on Friday morning. They were travelling in a vehicle which reportedly rammed into a stationary truck loaded with sand. In 2010, Debashree took over as North Port PS as OC. She did appreciable work in the Women Grievance Cell in Kolkata.

Armed Battalion Commandant Debashree Chatterjee, her official guard Tapas Burman, and the driver Manoj Saha died on the spot. They were immediately taken to Imambara Hospital in Chinsura where they were declared brought dead by the attending doctor. A post mortem will be conducted today.

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According to eyewitnesses, the vehicle’s driver was allegedly speeding when it hit the truck. Officials of Hooghly district police reported that the driver may have lost control after dozing off on the wheel.

The trio was returning to Kolkata from Siliguri by road. They started their return journey on Thursday night after Debashree visited an armed battalion unit there.

After hearing about the accident, Hooghly Superintendent of Police Tathagata Basu visited the hospital at Chinsura.

Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal Police department and Kolkata Police tweeted offering condolences to the families of the deceased ones.

Grieving about Debashree’s demise, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, “the 45-year old officer had reached her post with her dedication, sincerity and hard work. She had done commendable work to prevent human trafficking and got international recognition.”

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Debashree Chatterjee’s Accomplishments

Chatterjee joined the West Bengal Police as a Sub-Inspector. Recently, she was posted as CO 12 Battalion. During her 32-year-long service, with Kolkata Police, Chatterjee served in various divisions, including the women’s grievance cell, cybercrime, immoral trafficking wing, etc.

Picture Credit: Twitter/ Kolkata Police

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Khushi Gupta is an intern at SheThePeople.TV

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