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EC will keep a eye on role of police in UP polls: Zaidi

The Election Commission on Tuesday said it will keep an eye on the role of police in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections slated next year, besides focusing on the use of money and muscle power. Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi, after his meeting with the representatives of political parties, also said that holding free and fair election in the state would not be a problem if unbiased action is taken at the police station level.

“During meeting with representatives of political parties, apprehensions were raised that police force might be misused in favour of some party. We will keep an eye on the police,” Zaidi told reporters here.

“In the coming elections, our main focus will be on police stations, the Election Commission’s (EC) eye will be at the police stations as the EC feels that if unbiased action is taken, there will be no problem in holding free and fair polls,” he said.

The CEC said the Commission had also received complaints about sub-inspectors being made the incharge of the police stations in place of inspector-level officers, and they take “biased” actions.
“The EC has directed that the charge of police stations should be given to inspector-level officers,” he said.
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