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EC transfers yet another SP in Bengal on charge of dereliction of duty

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Apr 9 2019 8:36PM
EC  transfers yet another SP in Bengal on charge of dereliction of duty
Coochbehar/Kolkata, Apr.9 (HS): In yet another major decision barely two days before the 1st phase of elections in West Bengal, the Election Commission today transferred the Superintendent of Police in Coochbehar disitrct Avishek Gupta and appointed Special Superintendent in Intelligence Department Amit Kumar Singh in his place with immediate effect. Issuing the transfer order through an official communique, the Election Commission Under Secretary Amit Kumar informed state Chief Secretary Malay De here today that ''after reviewing the poll preparedness for the first phase of election in West Bengal on 11 April in Alipurduar and Coochbehar Lok Sabha constituencies, the Commission has decided to transfer out Avishek Gupta from the post of SP ,Coochbehar and to post Amit Kumar Singh, as SP Coochbehar in his place. The joining report of the newly posted officer shall be sent by 5 p.m.today,'' the communique stated and also made it clear that the transferred officer could not be engaged in any poll related duty. In addition, the EC has instructed to seal the Indo-Bhutan border in Coochbehar district as a preventive measure to stop the entry of any foreigner from across the international border. It may be recalled that the BJP had lodged a formal complaint to the EC last week after SP Gupta deliberately dilly dallied and even refused to grant permission to the Prime minisrter''s much talked about rally at the local Rashmela ground on 7 April allegedly violating the code of conduct and forcing the EC to take the stern measure against him. Incidentally,Gupta was the third District Superintendent of Police who has been transferred by the EC from their posts on similar chargers. The other two SPs were those of Birbhum and Diamond Harbour Police District. Meanwhile, following repeated meetings with representatives of various political parties, organisations as well as the district administration, the EC has now decided to dispatch a total of 47 companies to Central Para Military forces to man altogether 3844 polling booths in Coochbehar and Alipurduar constituencies in North Bengal which would go the poll in the first phase on 11 April amid huge expectations among the voters for a free, fair and peaceful elections. Hindusthan Samachar/Ankur/Pramod \
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