Kolkata: The Election Commission (ECI) Friday appointed an additional police observer for the two Lok Sabha constituencies of West Bengal, where polling will be held in the first phase on April 11, a senior official said.
The two Lok Sabha seats are Coochbehar (SC) and Alipurduar in north Bengal.
“Vinod Kumar was in-charge of both the constituencies.
Now Alok Kumar Roy has been appointed as additional police observer for Coochbehar (SC) constituency,” Additional Chief Electoral Officer Sanjay Basu told reporters.
Roy is an IPS officer of 1991 batch. Basu said the West Bengal CEO’s office has submitted to the EC its observation on BJP leader and candidate Sayantan Basu’s alleged hate speech.
Sayantan Basu had on March 26 courted controversy by asking BJP cadres to shoot those who would try to capture booths during the coming Lok Sabha polls.