Kolkata: In yet another move highlighting utter lack of trust on the state police, the Election Commission on Tuesday removed several ‘pro-Trinamool’ police officers prior to the April 30, fifth phase of polling in West Bengal.
Polling will be held in 53 Assembly seats spread across Soth 24 parganas, Hooghly and Kolkata on Saturday.
A sub-inspector of Kasba police station, Suyjya Shankar Mondal, the officers-in-charge of Jibantala, Malay Basu the Panchasayar and Harwood Point Coastal police stations in South 24 Parganas district were transferred with immediate effect, EC official said.
Besides, Ashesh Bikram Dastidar, the sub-divisional police officer of Kakdwip was also transferred, officials said.
The Election Commission has toughened its stance after reports of severe rigging allegedly by the goons of ruling Trinamool government surfaced. So far the state has witnessed four phases of voting amid violence and chaos mostly perpetrated by the TMC activists in a bid to influence voters.
The EC has so far battled to contain the influence of a highly tilted state police force towards the state government. The commission had earlier removed Rajib Kumar, Police Commissioner of Kolkata amidst allegation of his pro-Trinamool stance.