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West Bengal elections: EC restrains Bharati Ghosh from visiting poll-bound areas today

On April 4, Ghosh, who was working as officer on special duty (Left-wing extremism), was transferred by the poll panel as special superintendent (CID) in Kolkata.

The Election Commission Wednesday asked the state government to ensure that IPS officer Bharati Ghosh does not leave the Kolkata and go to Cooch Behar and East Medinipur districts, where polling will be held in the sixth and last phase of the Assembly elections Thursday.

On April 4, Ghosh, who was working as officer on special duty (Left-wing extremism), was transferred by the poll panel as special superintendent (CID) in Kolkata.

Ghosh is known to be close to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the post of OSD (LWE) was specifically created for her.

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Sources in the poll panel said that Ghosh had been under EC scanner after allegations of bias were made against her.

The commission’s directive came two days after Mamata attacked Soumen Mitra, the officer the commission had handpicked to replace Calcutta police commissioner Rajeev Kumar.

Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls in 2014, Ghosh was removed as West Medinipur police chief, after which she was reinstated by Mamata and awarded the Chief Minister’s Commendable Service medal on Independence Day the same year.

Meanwhile, EC has also directed to transfer the officer-in-charge of Sabang police station in West Medinipur district, which went to polls in the second part of phase one on April 11. The action comes after reports of post-poll violence in the district and allegations by the Congress-Left alliance of police inaction .

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The EC has said it will not hesitate to respond to violence of any sort, anywhere and anytime and take appropriate legal action irrespective of political affiliations, official sources said today. The poll panel has directed the police to take strict action on all cases of post-poll violence.

“All matters pertaining to law and order are being pursued by West Bengal chief secretary and the director general of police and EC has directed time-bound follow-up action on FIRs lodged in these cases (post-poll violence) and legal action be taken,” the officials said.

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First published on: 05-05-2016 at 05:00:29 am
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