Bengal not keen on deploying central forces: PIL

A public Interest Litigation was today filed in the Calcutta High Court,seeking its intervention on the issue of deployment of the central forces in the municipal polls to be held in 12 municipalities on September 21.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: August 20, 2013 4:20 am

A public Interest Litigation was today filed in the Calcutta High Court,seeking its intervention on the issue of deployment of the central forces in the municipal polls to be held in 12 municipalities on September 21.

The PIL,likely to come up for hearing later this week,urged the HC to direct the West Bengal State Election Commission (WBSEC) to assess the law and order situation in these 12 municipalities and file its report to the state government so that the state could request for the required number of Central forces for the polls.

Advocate Basabi Raichauduri’s PIL has alleged that the state government seeks to conduct the polls by deploying the state police,while ignoring,by being silent,the Central forces’ requirement in conducting free and fair polls and upholding the security of the voters and the candidates. The PIL further alleged that it was the state government’s attitude to delay the measure for deploying the Central forces in the municipal polls.

The petition cited the recently concluded panchayat polls in the state where 30 persons were killed,even though both the Central and state forces were deployed. In 2010,the petition read,the election of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation was peacefully held under the supervision of the state police and the Central force.

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