Four days before the fifth phase polling in Bengal, the Election Commission (EC) once again came down heavily on the administration by removing four OCs and one sub-divisional police officer (SDPO).
On April 22, three days before the fourth phase of polling, the EC had shunted out the district magistrate of South 24-Parganas and the police chief of the adjoining North 24-Parganas along with 13 OCs for failing to implement the poll panel’s strict guidelines.
Earlier, Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar and some IAS and IPS officers had to quit their posts.
The Election Commission replaced the four OCs and the SDPO of Kakdwip after it received numerous complaints against them from opposition parties, the people and its own observers.
With the latest reshuffle, the poll panel has shifted over 70 police and district administrative officials since polling in the state began on April 5. Four phases are over and two more are remaining. The final phase of polling will end on May 5.
On Tuesday, the EC shifted the OCs of Jibantala, Panchasayar, Kasba and Harwood Point. The SDPO of Kakdwip was also shunted out.
Sources in the Election Commission said that those shifted would not be given any electoral duty. The EC is also in the process of accessing complaints against more police and administrative officials.