Millennium Post (Kolkata)

LS polls: ECI asks to execute pending nonbailabl­e warrants before 1st phase

- OUR CORRESPOND­ENT

The full bench of the Election Commission of India (ECI) held a high-level meeting with all the DMs and SPs and the police commission­ers aiming at taking stock of the law-and-order situation in the state and also overseeing preparatio­ns for the Lok Sabha polls.

During the meeting, Chief Election Commission­er Rajiv Kumar sent out an unequivoca­l message to DMs and SPs that violence must be stopped and there will be no place for violence during elections.

The full bench of the ECI directed the DMs and SPs to execute all the pending nonbailabl­e warrants before the first phase of Lok Sabha elections begins. The full bench also asked to provide the district-wise law and order report. The ECI reportedly expressed dissatisfa­ction over fake voter lists. Several DMs were asked as to why the names of many dead people have not been removed yet.

Basirhat SP has reportedly been cautioned by the full bench that officers will be removed if any incidents of atrocities on women occur. Sandeshkha­li is under the jurisdicti­on of SP Basirhat. The ECI has been closely monitoring the Sandeshkha­li incident.

During the meeting, the full bench of the ECI also examined several issues including the law-and-order situation and gave specific directions regarding fake voter lists, income expenditur­e of candidates, deployment of Central forces. Several DMs were asked as to why dead voters were not removed. The full bench has categorica­lly told the officers that not a single case of hurling bombs does not take place during the elections.

According to sources, the full bench of the ECI said that they received complaints that many officers were not taking proper steps. It was already learnt that around 920 companies of Central forces may be deployed in Bengal for Lok Sabha elections. The full bench of the ECI also made an observatio­n that no civic volunteers will be directly or indirectly involved in Lok Sabha elections. It was learnt that during the meeting, the Kolkata Police commission­er was asked by the ECI as to what was the difference between the civic volunteer and the green police.

The full bench of the ECI will also meet Chief Electoral Officer Aariz Aftab, Chief Secretary BP Gopalika and DGP Rajeev Kumar on Tuesday. A 13-member full bench led by Chief Election Commission­er Rajiv Kumar, along with Election Commission­er Arun Goel, arrived in Kolkata on Sunday. Earlier on Monday the full bench of the ECI held an allparty meeting where it received several complaints from various political parties.

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