Two more police officials transferred

The EC has transferred two more police officials, close on the heels of a similar action against three senior officials of the police that had evoked strong reactions from the state's ruling Left Front.
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Updated on May 03, 2004 05:25 PM IST
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The Election Commission has transferred two more police officials in West Bengal, close on the heels of a similar action against three senior officials of the police that had evoked strong reactions from the state's ruling Left Front.

''The Officer-in-Charge of the Patashpur police station in West Midnapore district and a junior officer of the Narkeldanga PS in Kolkata have been transferred,'' the Chief Electoral Officer, Basudev Bandopadhyay, said on Sunday.

He, however, could not say on what grounds the two were transferred. ''I only have an intimation from the EC saying that they have been transferred. I am not aware of the complaints against them.''

Earlier, the EC had transferred the deputy IGP (Malda), Gourav Dutta, Nadia district Superintendent of Police, Benoy Chakraborty, and SP, North 24-Parganas district, Basudev Bag, from their posts and ordered that they be kept out of election duty.

The EC move then had evoked strong response from the Left Front, especially the CPI (M), which said that the action was discriminatory against the state.

Bandopadhyay said that replacement had been sought from the EC for expenditure observer of Mathurapur constituency Arun Diwan who had fired one round in the air from the service revolver of his security personnel on April 24 at the Sagar Circuit House.

Replacement has also been sought for the Central observer for Jangipur constituency, Lal Singh, who was taken ill in Murshidabad yesterday. Singh has been transferred to the SSKM hospital here and his condition was stable, the CEO said.

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