Cong alleges 'misuse of police' in Goa

Published on Apr 23, 2004 09:40 PM IST

The Opposition Congress met the EC BB Tandon and demanded deployment of CRPF personnel in twelve assembly constituencies.

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PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Panaji

Alleging that there was "blatant abuse and misuse of police force" by the Goa government for the Lok Sabha polls, the Opposition Congress today met the Election Commissioner B B Tandon and demanded deployment of CRPF personnel in twelve assembly constituencies.

"We have met the Election Commissioner and informed him that despite our earlier complaints and representations, the abuse and misuse of police force and other government machinery was constinuing and have stressed that there was no alternative but to remove police officials and deploy CRPF personnel," GPCC Chief Luisinho Faleiro told reporters here.

Faleiro alleged "hundreds of minority voters had been deleted from the rolls," and claimed BJP workers were harassing locals, `threatening' them not to attend Congress meetings.

"The Congress also brought to the EC's notice that the Parrikar Government had misled the EC on the issue of cheques distributed through Dayanand Social Security Scheme", he said, alleging that the money was "in the Chief Minister's drawer and he was distributing it during election time."

"If the people's confidence in the election process is to be restored and for conduct of polls in a free and fair manner, immediate action must be taken against the government," Faleiro said.

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