In keeping with the instructions of the election commission (EC) of India, seven police officials, including six station house officers, were transferred from the district on Thursday.
A complaint by the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) was the basis of the transfers. In another development, the reader of the senior superintendent of police was transferred to Faridkot.
The Punjab election commission also has issued notices to the state government over three complaints from the PPCC in connection with the Moga assembly byelection.
In a separate complaint submitted to the state election commission, the Congress has objected to the recent appointment of superintendent of police Dilbagh Singh and the deputy superintendent of police (city). "These officers serve at high positions in Moga and can put pressure on voters to favour the alliance candidate of the Shiromani Akali Dal and Bharatiya Janata Party, Joginder Pal Jain," said Harminder Singh Gill, general secretary of the PPCC.
The Congress would deploy five senior leaders to monitor the police officials in Moga and see to it that the SAD-BJP candidate didn't violate the model code of conduct for the election, said former district Congress president Tara Singh Sandhu.
"Our party president, captain Amarinder Singh, will camp at Bir Chrik village in Moga district during the election," said Sandhu. "We will not tolerate any gundagardi (hooliganism) by the Akalis."
In another complaint, the PPCC has demanded the transfer of inspector general of police Jatinder Kumar Jain out of Punjab for the duration of the elections. It has also written to the EC that chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal can misuse the government during sangat darshan programmes and issue the money in back date to the panchayats.
Akali leaders and the state panchayat department had planned to distribute Rs. 4.5 crore in 65 villages of the Moga assembly constituency to lure voters, said a source in the Congress. "The department had selected those villages where the Congress had taken lead in the last assembly election," the source added.
The EC has ordered the state government to not hold any sangat darshan meeting during the election campaign.