Contradicting chief election commissioner SY Qureshi's commitment for deputing central paramilitary forces in all election booths of West Bengal, chief election officer of West Bengal Sunil Kumar Gupta on Wednesday hinted that armed security personnel might not be deputed at all polling booths.
"All polling booths are not equally sensitive. The sensitivity of a booth at Cooch Behar town in front of the district magistrate's office is not comparable with that of a booth located in Maoist-affected West Midnapore. We will depute armed security personnel at all sensitive booths," he said.
Asked specifically how many booths will be there approximately, where armed security personnel could not be deputed, Gupta said, "We will try to depute armed policemen in all booths."
Asked about his comment on the assignment of DIG of CISF, with pending criminal case, as the police observer, Gupta said since there has been no official complaint, no action has been taken. "If anyone complains, we would surely enquire," he said.
On being questioned of CPI(M)'s allegation on "EC's actions in a partisan manner," Gupta said his office is treating all complaints from all political parties seriously.