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Officials play cricket as Reds call for poll boycott in Dumka

Brajesh Verma  Dumka, April 14, 2014
First Published: 23:39 IST(14/4/2014) | Last Updated: 23:42 IST(14/4/2014)

While the CPI(Maoist) cadres are sticking posters in Dumka town areas appealing people to boycott elections, the top rank officials of district administration are busy playing cricket matches in Gandhi Maidan.

The locals were surprised to see deputy commissioner Harsh Mangala, superintendent of police (SP) Nirmal Kumar Mishra, district public relation officer (DPRO) Prabhat Shankar and many others playing ten-10 cricket with local media persons at Gandhi Maidan on Sunday evening.

Two days ago, the CPI(Maoist) members pasted posters near Raj Bhavan, which is situated adjacent to the deputy commissioner’s official residence. The Maoists appealed the locals to boycott the polls.

When the journalists asked the deputy commissioner about the incident, he denied and said the administration had no information about it.

According to the directions given by the Election Commission, the deputy commissioner, who also holds the post of returning officer (RO), has to address at least five press conferences during the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. During the second press meet, he sent his junior officers who could not provide any specific information about the elections in Dumka.

During the third press meet when media persons asked about the number of booths in Dumka constituency, the deputy commissioner-cum-returning officer who was present there did not provide actual figure claiming that he had not so far received any election related figure from his counterparts in Jamtara (some parts of Dumka Lok Sabha seat falls under Jamtara).

“We saw them playing cricket match in Gandhi Maidan. It appears that they are not bothered about the security during the elections,” said Jagnarayan Das, former member of Jharkhand Autonomous Council and leader of JP movement.

When asked why the cricket match was organised when the election was on its peak, the district public relation officer, Prabhat Shankar told HT that the administration wanted to spread awareness among voters through cricket match.

“The Union home ministry had denied providing security to the BCCI for organising IPL as the general election was under process. It appears that the Dumka administration is more efficient than the home ministry which is killing time by playing cricket when the election is scheduled for April 24,” said senior BJP leaders.


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