Cong rivals force police chief ouster
Manipur director general of police (DGP) Yumnam Joykumar Singh was removed on Thursday following a complaint by non-Congress parties to the Election Commission (EC).india Updated: Jan 06, 2012 00:39 IST
Manipur director general of police (DGP) Yumnam Joykumar Singh was removed on Thursday following a complaint by non-Congress parties to the Election Commission (EC).
His removal came less than 24 hours after seven rebel outfits called for boycotting the Congress in the assembly election on January 28.
Singh was made managing director of the Manipur Police Housing Corporation.
His replacement by additional DGP (Intelligence) Ratnakar Baral coincided with the visit of six-member EC team led by chief election commissioner SY Quraishi to assess the security scenario ahead of polling.
“We want a peaceful, free and fair election,” Quraishi said. “We have sought the sealing of Manipur’s borders to prevent entry of anti-social elements.”
Security became a talking point after seven rebel outfits including Kangleipak Communist Party boycotted the Congress.
Voters to be photographed
Assembly elections in Manipur will witness a first from the Election Commission. Every voter in the state will be photographed before being allowed to vote to prevent rigging and bogus voting, Quraishi said.
The decision was taken after a meeting with different political parties, which feared rigging because the state does not have photo electoral rolls like other poll-bound states.