EC transfers 7 police officers in Bengal hours before 3rd phase
Kolkata: The Election Commission on Monday ordered immediate transfer of seven police officers in Bengal, a day before the third phase polls in the state.
"The officers being transferred are not to be involved by the state government in any election-related duties," said an EC notification to Ariz Aftab, Chief Electoral Officer of Bengal. Three police officers in Murshidabad, two police officers in Paschim Burdwan district, a police officer in North 24-Parganas district and Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) of Bishnupur in Bankura district have been transferred. Inspector in-Charge (IC) Raghunathganj, Saikat Roy, IC Farakka, Uday Shankar Ghosh and ASI Shamsherganj, Bidhan Haldar were transferred from Murshidabad. Two parliamentary constituencies in Murshidabad district — Murshidabad and Jangipur are going to polls on Tuesday along with Balurghat, Malda North and Malda South.
In West Burdwan district, the two officers transferred are Rajshekhar Mukherjee of Andal police station and Ajay Mondal of Baraboni police station. SDPO Sukamal Kanti Das of Bishnupur in Bankura district and IC Bijpur Krishnendu Ghosh of North 24-Parganas district have also been transferred. So far, the Commission has transferred nearly 12 police officers, including Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma, Bidhannagar Police Commissioner Gyanwant Singh and SP Malda Arnab Ghosh.
"The Election Commission is acting at the behest of BJP and some Congress leaders in the state when it comes to transfer of police officers. It will have no effect in the elections. They (BJP) are going to polls relying upon paramilitary force but the TMC will contest on the basis of people's support and strong organisational strenghth," said state Transport and Environment minister Suvendu Adhikari.
State Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim termed the transfer of officers as 'showbazi' on the part of the Commission. "BJP leaders like Narendra Modi and Amit Shah have been flouting the Model Code of Conduct of the EC taking credit in the name of the Indian Army but the Commission with limited powers is doing nothing. In an attempt to cover up for their limitations, they are transferring officers in Bengal."