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Election officials demand protection only from Central Forces

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Apr 2 2019 7:51PM
Election officials demand protection only from Central Forces
Raigunj(North Dinajpur)/Kolkata, 2 April (HS): Perhaps for the first time since the general elections are being held under the supervision of the Election Commission, a section of government employees in Raigunj today refused to participate in the coming election,including the related training programmes, to press for their demand for deployment of only Central Forces in their respective voting centers in North Dinajpur district Informing this development by office of the State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) here today to Hindusthan Samachar that more than 200 government employees who were to take part in an important election training programme in the district headquarters at Raigunj today,made it clear that since they were apprehending large scale violence both before and during the conduct of elections in this parliamentary constituency in the district, they would participate in the poll processes if only their security was ensured through the deployment of Central Para military forces. They also made it clear that they had no faith, in terms of their protection,in the state police force which had allegedly failed miserably during the last Panchayat elections when one of their colleagues - Rajkumar Roy - was found dead at Itahar under mysterious circumstances. Accordingly, they said unless the Central forces were deployed to protect them, they would refuse to participate in any election related activities, the CEO''s office quoting these agitated government employees informed this afternoon. Though the CEO Ariz Aftab or any other senior officer at the Commission did not make any comment on the sensitive issue, it was stated that in view of the seriousness of the demand of these election officials,the matter was referred to the Chief Election Commissioner''s office in New Delhi for an immediate solution to the impasse. Moreover,the issue was referred to the Special Police Observer in West Bengal Vivek Dube for his comment and subsequent action. Dube has recently remarked that despite the demand of the Opposition,all the 77,000 odd polling booths in the state might not be declared as ''Sensitive'' or ''Super Sensitive'' keeping in mind the present law and order situation in Bengal. Now it remains to be seen how the EC would handle such tricky situation,which perhaps for the first time has occurred anywhere in the country. It has also generated huge concern among the electorate following the apprehension of large scale violence during the elections in Bengal. Hindusthan Samachar/Ankur Bhattacharya/Manohar \
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