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Poll panel prod prompts shift of DM, SPs

Pankaj Kumar Pal

Patna, March 26: The state government today stripped five officials, including a district magistrate and three superintendents of police, of their field postings on the directive of the Election Commission.

The district magistrate of Bhojpur, Pankaj Kumar Pal, was removed from the post and asked to assume charge as director of primary education. Primary education director Sarvanan M. has been made the new district magistrate of Bhojpur.

Pal, an officer of Manipur cadre and presently on inter-state deputation, is facing a CBI probe in connection with a fake encounter case. Muzaffarpur senior superintendent of police Saurav Kumar was also shifted from the post. Samastipur superintendent of police Chandrika Prasad and his counterpart in Katihar Asgar Imam also faced the commission’s ire. Sources said complaints were made against these police officials. Two of them — Saurabh Kumar and Chandrika Prasad — were considered to be close to chief minister Nitish Kumar. Imam, too, has close connections with the powers-that-be.

Manish Kumar, who was posted as sub-divisional police officer in Saran district, was removed from the post. Manish was earlier posted in the security of the chief minister and also enjoyed good relations with some politicians of the ruling party.

The sub-divisional officer of Patna sadar, Mohammad Naiyyar Iqbal, has also been shifted and made officer on special duty in the mines and geology department at the headquarters in Patna. The officer on special duty in the mines and geology department, Pankaj Dixit, would replace Iqbal.

A senior officer of the general administration department, said: “The transfers were effected in adherence to the directive of the EC to remove tainted officers or those who have completed three years or more years in one place.”

The government has promoted 14 officials of the Bihar Administrative Service in the rank of additional secretary to special secretary.