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Election Commission transfers Bengal DGP days ahead of crucial assembly polls

Mar 09, 2021 11:44 PM IST

The ECI has already announced the schedule for the crucial assembly polls in West Bengal. The assembly election which will start on March 27, will be held in eight phases.

The Election Commission of India on Tuesday transferred the Director General of Police (DGP) of West Bengal days before the eastern state goes to polls from March 27.

The ECI letter signed by the poll panel’s secretary Rakesh Kumar also stated that Virendra, a 1985 batch IPS officer should not be given any post which directly or indirectly relates to conduct of elections. (HT FILE PHOTO).
The ECI letter signed by the poll panel’s secretary Rakesh Kumar also stated that Virendra, a 1985 batch IPS officer should not be given any post which directly or indirectly relates to conduct of elections. (HT FILE PHOTO).

P Nirajnayan, an IPS officer of 1987 batch has been posted as the new DG and IGP of West Bengal in place of Virendra with immediate effect, said a letter sent to the state's chief secretary by the poll panel.

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The ECI letter signed by the poll panel’s secretary Rakesh Kumar also stated that Virendra, a 1985 batch IPS officer should not be given any post which directly or indirectly relates to conduct of elections.

A senior IPS officer said that Nirajnayan had served in the CBI and the CID for several years. He is presently posted as the DG (administration).

The opposition parties had earlier lodged a complaint with the ECI against Virendra alleging that he has been acting in a biased manner towards the ruling Trinamool Congress.

“The ECI is acting at the behest of BJP. There is nothing we can do about it because they have the power. Virendra was a very good officer. He was doing a neutral job. We protest but there is little we can do. We shall fight the elections despite all these,” said Saugata Roy, TMC MP.

A few days ago the poll panel had also transferred senior IPS officer Jawed Shammim from the post of ADG (law and order) and had brought Jag Mohan in his place.

The ECI has already announced the schedule for the crucial assembly polls in West Bengal. The assembly election which will start on March 27, will be held in eight phases.

“The transfer was made based on people’s complaints. Everywhere in West Bengal people have only one question – Will the elections be free and fair? In such a situation the ECI had to take some steps to ensure that people can cast their votes in a free and fair manner,” said Jay Prakash Majumdar, state vice president of BJP.


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