SNS | Kolkata | 16 April, 2016: In a fast-paced development the Election Commission on Friday issued instructions to keep controversial Trinamul Congress leader Anubrata Mandal under “constant watch”, while his “movements and election related activities shall invariably be video-graphed with date time stamping.” Late in the evening the ECI also instructed that the CEO Surendra Gupta and additional CEO Dibyendu Sarkar be immediately relieved of the posts they are holding in the state government so that they can work only for the Commission.
Sarkar is holding the post of commissioner West Bengal Panchayat and Rural Development and Gupta the post of MD West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation. On the other hand, chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s response to the show-cause notice served on her by the ECI on Thursday was sent to the Commission on Friday. Mandal was censured by the EC on 12 April for making certain utterances against a woman BJP candidate and was asked to be careful in future. Even after that the Commission had been receiving regular complaints against him. On several earlier occasions the TMC leader has been issued showcause notices by the poll body.
The comment of the chief minister which drew the EC’s ire was that “Asansol district will be shattered” apart from her announcement of Asansol being upgraded to a new district. Sources at Nabanna said that the state government had explained that it was not any new announcement.
The decision of upgrading Asansol into a district had been taken at a Cabinet meeting on 18 December 2015, the official said. Meanwhile, the EC has asked the CEO office to submit all the CDs containing the chief minister’s statements since the showcause notice was served on her.
The CEO office said that in the second phase polls they have identified 3,827 troublemongers and amongst them the most troublemongers are in Birbhum (1599) followed by 618 trouble mongers in Malda.
Among preventive arrests, till now Birbhum recorded the highest number – 2,639 – out of total 4192 cases. The new cases pending in the preventive section are also highest in Birbhum – 4,438 out of total 12,092. In Birbhum the number of non-bailable warrants pending is around 232, out of a total 18,768.
In the second phase there is a total of around 2,909 polling stations and 3,985 vulnerable hamlets. The highest vulnerable polling stations (671) are in Uttar Dinajpur and lowest in Dakshin Dinajpur(142). With regard to vulnerable hamlets Malda tops the list (1,220) followed by Uttar Dinajpur (834), and Birbhum (588). Mobile surveillance for the second phase is the thickest in Birbhum with 174 areas under mobile surveillance. In the second phase till now the highest number of bombs and explosives have been found from Birbum(3,806bombs) and explosives (9kilo 500 gram).
The number of polling stations where videography will be conducted is highest in Birbhum(679).The vulnerable voters have been identified highest in Malda (7,752) and Birbhum(5,566) out of a total 16,315. Meanwhile, three new OCs of Mayureswar, Labhpur and Bolpur took charge on Friday. The new OC of Mayureshwar is Abdul Raik Khan, OC(IC) of Labhpur is Pradeep Ghosh and OC(IC) of Bolpur Kalyan Prasad Mitra.
Former Birbhum SP Mukesh Kumar has been transferred as SS CID. During the day, the home department appointed Ms Songmit Lepcha as DCP Zone II of Siliguri Police Commissionerate and Amlan Ghosh as ASP Kalimpong.Four SIs of Birbhum were also transferred. The state show caused Raju Lama, BDO of Tufanganj-I over reports of his consuming liquor in his office. He has been asked to reply within 72 hours.