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Poll panel glare on ‘biased’ officers

Tamluk, March 29: East Midnapore police chief Ajit Sarkar has been transferred after Trinamul Congress complaints of “bias”, becoming the seventh officer to be shifted from the post within a year of posting since the Nandigram stir in January 2007.

No Bengal district has seen its police chiefs transferred so frequently in the past four years, though most of the previous instances were because of complaints from the ruling CPM.

“A Supreme Court ruling says a SP should be posted in a district for at least two years,” a senior IPS officer said.

“However, it (the ruling) cannot be considered a blanket order as the apex court has also specified certain conditions under which officers can be removed before,” he added.

The government transferred the previous seven district police chiefs between February 2007 and January 2011 after complaints by the CPM. Sarkar was shifted after complaints of bias from Trinamul.

Police sources said Trinamul trained its guns on Sarkar when he tried to execute non-bailable warrants against the party’s leaders in Nandigram and Khejuri under the poll panel’s instructions.

More transfers

The Election Commission sources in New Delhi told The Telegraph today that four more district officials were under the poll panel’s scanner.

“The district magistrates and the police chiefs of North 24-Parganas and North Dinajpur are being watched. Their replacement is being considered,” said a senior commission official this evening.

The state is unlikely to get over 600 companies of central forces for the elections despite earlier assurances of nearly 800 companies, a source said.

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