EC Removes 15 Officials in Bengal, Including a District Magistrate

The District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police of South 24 Parganas were removed by the EC in West Bengal.

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PB Salim, District Magistrate is among 15 officials removed by the Election Commission in West Bengal. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook/<a href=";theater">PB Salim</a>)

The Election Commission on Friday removed the district magistrate of South 24 Parganas and superintendent of police in North 24 Parganas and 13 other police officers in West Bengal where six-phase assembly polls are underway.

The action was taken based on reports by opposition parties.

The District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police were removed in South 24 Parganas, five inspectors-in-charge and two officers-in-charge of police in North 24 Parganas, two officers-in-charge in Cooch Behar and one each in Howrah and Hooghly.

PB Salim, DM (district magistrate) of South 24 Parganas, would be replaced by A Singh and in North 24 Parganas, Annappa E will replace T Roy Chowdhury as superintendent of police. They will take over with immediate effect.
Official, Election Commission

North 24 Parganas and Howrah will hold the polls in the fourth phase on 25 April while the South 24 Parganas and Hooghly will have elections on 30 April in the fifth phase. Cooch Behar will vote in the sixth and final phase on 5 May.

This is not the first time Election Commission has removed the officials after the imposition of the model of code of conduct. In an unprecedented move, EC had removed the commissioner of Kolkata police Rajiv Kumar on the accusation of being a Trinamool Congress (TMC) stooge.

With the reports of violence in almost every phase of polls in West Bengal, Election Commission has had their hands full from organising fair elections.

(With IANS inputs)

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