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All opposition parties in Bengal hail transfer of police officials by EC

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Apr 6 2019 7:04PM
All opposition parties in Bengal hail transfer of police officials by EC
Kolkata, Apr.6 (HS): All major opposition parties in West Bengal - comprising BJP, Congress and Left Front - today heartily welcomed the Election Commission''s ''bold step'' by ordering the transfer of four senior police officials in the state including the City Police Commissioner and hoped that more such steps would be followed soon to ensure a free, fair and peaceful Lok Sabha elections here. Describing such a transfer order as ''just the beginning and many more to follow'', BJP West Bengal state President Dilip Ghosh said unlike previous occasions, the EC has now been realizing the truth behind several complaints against these officers and have started initiating stern measures to remove them from their present positions. He also hoped that many more such directives from the EC would be coming before the poll to send shock waves within the ruling party leaders besides giving the necessary confidence to the people at large. Also hailing the transfer order, senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member Pradip Bhattacharya wondered why the chief minister had become so scared and decided to write a letter to the Commission seeking probe into its decision. ''There must be some reasons of her becoming so nervous'', he said and hoped similar steps would also be taken against some other officials for ''obvious reason''. Left Front Chairman Biman Bose also expressed happiness at the EC''s decision and said such steps should have been taken ''much earlier'' to generate more confidence about holding a free and fair elections in Bengal this time. Meanwhile, assuming the charge, the new Police Commissioner of Kolkata Rajesh Kumar, a former DIG in the State Pollution Control Board, said here this evening that all out efforts would be made by his department to hold an absolutely peaceful and free and fair elections in this City of Joy. ''It is a huge honor and responsibility for me to uphold the dignity and prestige of the century old Kolkata Police in this difficult time'', the new Police Commissioner said after assuming office and hoped to receive maximum cooperation not only from the government, but also from all sections of people and officers to perform his duty ''impartially and with top honor''. ''We shall also make every effort to conduct a peaceful election'', he reiterated and underscored the need for a ''citizen centric initiative'' to achieve his goal.All the other three senior police officials also took up their new postings at around 6-p.m. this evening in accordance with the directive of the Election Commission. Hindusthan Samachar/Ankur/Pramod \
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