Ahead of Bengal polls, EC removes senior West Bengal Police officer


The Election Commission of India had announced that the assembly elections of West Bengal will be held in eight phases, up from seven last time due to several assessments.


In a major administrative reshuffle of police officers, the election commission removes the Additional Director General of Police (ADG) Jawed Shamim a day after announcing the dates of assembly polls.


After the code of conduct came into force the chief electoral officer (CEO) of the state ordered the transfer of ADG ( law and order) Jawed Shamim and brought in Jag Mohan in his place.


1995 batch IPS officer Jawed Shamim will replace Jag Mohan as the DG Fire Service in the rank of ADG. Besides being the DG Fire Service, Shamim will also hold an additional charge of DG civil defense till further notice, the CEO of the state ordered in his statement.


The order came hours after the BJP delegation led by MP Swapan Dasgupta and Arjun Singh approached CEO Ariz Aftab and urged him to remove 'biased' police officers from the election duty. The Mamta Banarjee government had made Jawed Shamim the ADG( law and order) from Special Commissioner Of Police ahead of assembly polls.


"The way the police administration is functioning in West Bengal, it is evident that fair polling is not possible here. We can name a few police officers who are posted in the city. If they continue in their posts, free and fair elections are not possible," The BJP MP Swapn Dasgupta explained the purpose of their meet to the media.


He also claimed that the party has requested Kolkata Police Commissioner Soumen Mitra for a meeting regarding this issue but our request had been left unheard that's why we came to the election commission today.


The Election Commission of India had announced that the assembly elections of West Bengal will be held in eight phases, up from seven last time due to several assessments. Elections will be held from March 27 to April 29. Votes will be counted on May 2.


Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora informed that the number of phases to conduct fair voting has been increased after the assessment of the law and order situation. He also said that the assessment is based on several factors and it also has to take into account charges and counter-charges by political parties.

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