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Security for CU poll scrutiny

Elaborate security arrangements have been made for all six campuses of Calcutta University on Thursday when nomination forms for student union elections will be scrutinised.

Sources said security would be similar to what the College Street campus had witnessed during the submission of nomination forms on Tuesday.

“While the forms were submitted on the College Street campus, they will be scrutinised on the respective campuses from noon to 4pm,” a university official said.

After scrutiny the forms will be sent to the registrar, whose office is on the College Street campus, in sealed packets.

The forms will then be forwarded to the returning officer — the dean of the commerce faculty.

“We are taking all possible steps to maintain transparency in the process of scrutiny,” said vice-chancellor Suranjan Das. He had described the process of submission of nomination forms as “by and large peaceful”.

For the first time in CU’s history, nomination forms were submitted “centrally”.

An official said there would be “heavy police deployment” on and around the campuses, and especially in front of the rooms of the departmental heads where the forms would be scrutinised.

Senior police officers held a meeting with Das and other university officials on Wednesday to discuss the measures to be taken to ensure trouble-free scrutiny.

Das said classes would be held as usual on all campuses on Thursday. “There will be intense monitoring at the gates to prevent entry of outsiders till the scrutiny is on. Also, no student will be allowed to loiter around the places where the scrutiny will be held,” Das said.

If a nomination form is rejected, the returning officer will call the candidate concerned and he/she can plead for a re-consideration.