Even as West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleges the Centre of not providing the state with aides to tackle the flood situation, the state police have decided to ditch old-friend Royal Enfield to employ Harley-Davidsons in their fleet.
Kolkata Police has already employed 12 Street 750s in their fleet, which the officials claim will be used only for the special ceremonial purposes and events.
Priced at 4.98 lakh (ex-showroom), according to a report by Carto the Harley-Davidson Street 75o is the most affordable motorcycle in the Indian market segment.
Notably, this is not the first time a state has acquired Harley-Davidson to its fleet. Earlier in the year 2015 Gujarat Police also added the famed bike to its fleet.
The development has raised concerns over the extravagant spending by the state government especially as Bengal continues to reel under flash floods.
Though the situation in West Bengal was improving, so far at least 50 people have lost their lives as various parts of the state remain submerged in water.
As many as 26 persons drowned, seven died of snakebites, six due to lightning strikes, five in wall collapses, four were electrocuted, and two died in boat capsizes.
As the water level had receded in most places, the number of relief camps has now been brought down to 151. In all, 27 lakh persons were affected in 105 blocks of 14 districts of West Bengal after a monsoon downpour and release of water from the Damodar Valley Corporation dams.