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Special Police Observer reaches North Bengal to review law and order

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Apr 2 2019 8:30PM
Special Police Observer reaches North Bengal to review law and order
Siliguri /Kolkata, 2 April (HS):In order to ensure a free, fair and peaceful elections,the special Police Observer of the Election Commission for West Bengal Vivek Dube arrived at Siliguri from Kolkata this evening to review the prevailing law and order situation in North Bengal before the first two phases of elections in five Lok Sabha constituencies there. Soon after his arrival at Bagdogra airport, Dube met Darjeeling District Magistrate Jayashi Dagupta and the District Superintendent of Police to get a report on the prevailing situation in the hilly district since the elections to Darjeeling Lok Sabha constituency is scheduled to be held in the second phase on 18 April along with two other constuencies of Jalpaiguri and Raigunj.Since Prime minister Narendra Modi would also arrive in Siliguri tomorrow to address his first election rally in West Bengal at the local Kawakhali Ground,the Special Police Observer''s discussion with the DM and the SP also comprised the security related issues of the Prime minister''s brief visit. Moreover,tomorrow at 11 A.M.Dube is scheduled to hold a separate meeting with the District Magistrates and the Superintendents of Police of all the five North Bengal districts including those of Coochbehar and Alipurduar which would go the poll in the first phase on 11 April. Though the deployment of forces - both Central Para Military forces and the state police- in each of the five constituencies would be the main agenda of tomorrow''s discussion, the other issues relating to maintenance of law and order to ensure an absolutely free, fair and peaceful elections, unlike those held during last year''s Pachayat poll which was marred by violence and rigging,would also be discussed threadbare at the meeting, Election Commission sources told Hindusthan Samachar here this evening. It may be recalled that Dube,a former Assistant Director General of Police in Andhra Pradesh,arrived in Kolkata on 31 March after his appointment as the Special Police Observer by the EC in place of former Director General of BSF K K Sharma following complaints against him by the Trinamool Congress, reviewed the overall law and order situation in South Bengal districts during the past 48 hours. Meanwhile, the EC has decided to give ''special emphasis'' on the conduct of election in six of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state. According to state Chief Electoral Officer(CEO) Ariz Aftab,after considering all aspects of elections in Bengal,the EC had decided to take special steps for at least six sensitive constituencies of Asansol, Srirampore,Raigunj, Murshidabad, Ranaghat and Kolkata North -for ensuring an absolutely free,fair and peaceful elections in each of them. As special measure and in view of the sensitivity of each of these six constituencies, they would have one each special police observer in addition to 18 other special Police Observers for the remaining 36 seats. There would be another 24 police observers in the state along with 47 other special poll observers to look into any dispute in any of the 42 seats, the CEO said and added that for Darjeeling Lok Sabha constituency there would be one special poll observer. Since West Bengal has remained under a special scanner of the Election Commission following numerous complaints on every issue from all political parties and in view of the apprehension of large scale irregularities in several sectors, the EC has been issuing several directives almost on daily basis. Hindusthan Samachar/Ankur Bhattacharya/Manohar \
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