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EC tells Bengal’s police chief to arrest attackers of its officials NOW

New Delhi, April 11 (PTI): The Election Commission on Friday directed West Bengal’s police chief to arrest all persons named in a first information report for beating up poll personnel in the state, and to send the compliance report by the same evening.

The Commission has also directed the Director General of Police to arrest the persons who had organised the bike rally in the state on Thursday in violation of rules.

EC officials were filming the bike rally in Malda district on Thursday when they were allegedly beaten up by supporters of the ruling Trinamool Congress.

”The DGP has been asked to send us a compliance report by 5pm today,” a senior EC official told PTI.

EC sources said it has received reports of its officials being attacked in Malda with some reports blaming Trinamool Congress workers.

The Commission had earlier directed the district authorities to initiate stern action against the accused and sought a report of the incident.

On Thursday, top Commission officials had met and taken a serious view of the incident. They also gave directions to the District Magistrate of Malda to take immediate stern action against the offenders.

In a recent meeting attended by Deputy EC Vinod Zutshi, poll officials from West Bengal had expressed fear of violence.

The EC had taken a serious note of their complaints and the issue had also come up during a meeting of Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath and other top EC officials with the state authorities in Calcutta last week.


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