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Election officials in Bengal continue to demand protection by central forces only

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Apr 6 2019 8:47PM
Election officials in Bengal continue to demand protection by central forces only
Kolkata, Apr. (HS): After Raigunj and Coochbehar town, election officials in several other places including those at Chetla in South Kolkata and at Mathabhanga have also resorted to demonstration to seek ''protection'' only from the central forces during the time of their election duty, instead of the state police and demanded an assurance from the Election Commission in this regard. Holding of demonstration on such an issue is perhaps for the first time in the country''s electoral history when hundreds of election officials in different training centres refused to participate in the coming election in absence of the deployment of central forces in all voting centres as the state is going to the polls from 11 April. Informing this State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ariz Aftab here today informed that several hundred government employees in Coochbehar, Raigunj and even in Kolkata and in some other districts who were to take part in the election programmes had made it clear that since they were apprehending large scale violence both before and during the elections, like those during last year''s Panchayat elections, they would not participate in the poll processes if their security was not ensured through the deployment of central para military forces. ''We have no faith that the state police would be able to ensure our personal security, like they failed miserably during the last Panchayat elections when one of our colleagues - Rajkumar Roy - was found dead at Itahar in North Dinajpur district under mysterious circumstances'',the protestors said by shouting slogans and holding placards in their hands before their respective training centres. Hindusthan Samachar/Ankur/Pramod \
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