“You have done an excellent job young man. God bless you,” Mandela had told Banerjee followed by a hug, on the day when he left Kolkata.
The words and the gesture of an international leader like Mandela, has been one of the most cherished memories of Banerjee’s career in police force.
It was just any other day for Banerjee in October 1990, when he received a call from then DC (traffic) Gautam Mohan Chakraborty’s office to report for duty immediately. He was told that he will lead the escort convoy of Mandela during his visit to Kolkata. “It was a my first big assignment. I was then assigned as an escort sergeant to West Bengal Governor’s convoy team,” Banerjee told PTI.