Deputy CEC reviews law and order situation
Deputy chief election commissioner Sandeep Saxena on Wednesday held an elaborate meeting with the district magistrates regarding law and order situation that are prevailing in the districts.
He also met chief secretary Basudeb Banerjee, home secretary Malay Dey and the director general of police GMP Reddy.
It may be recalled that the full bench of the Election Commission of India (ECI) had held a meeting in the city in December 2015 and the district magistrates had been instructed to ensure steps to improve law and order situation.
Saxena on Wednesday asked the district magistrates to take steps to ensure better law and order and intensify drives to seize illegal arms. Also, he wanted to know from district magistrates that how many people were arrested against whom non-bailable warrents have been issued. In the afternoon, Saxena met the chief secretary, home secretary and the director general of police and discussed on various issues.
Saxena along with Sunil Gupta, chief electoral officer and Pawan Kediwal, SDPO Salt Lake went to the latter’s office and examined the electoral roll. Saxena had instructed Bidhannagar administration that the name of no genuine voter should be dropped from the roll. Though Saxena refused to say anything about the meeting, senior officials felt that as there was violence in the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation election he came to find out whether the law and order situation has actually improved.
A Left Front delegation led by party’s former MLA Rabin Deb met Saxena and submitted a memorandum alleging deterioration of law and order situation in the state. The Left leaders alleged that their workers were being beaten up by Trinamool Congress supporters. The delegation further alleged that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was using official stage to announce party’s programme and sought Saxena’s intervention. Saxena said that he would look into the complaints.
Saxena and Gupta left for New Delhi on Wednesday night. They will submit their presentation before the full bench of ECI in New Delhi on Thursday.