WB Panchayat Polls: Job For Presiding Officer’s Wife, Compensation For Victims


Staff Reporter, Kolkata: The West Bengal government would offer a job to the wife of a deceased panchayat poll official and pay a compensation sum of Rs 5 lakh to his family.

The government has decided to compensate the family of presiding officer Rajkumar Roy with Rs 5 lakh and his wife with a job at a state-run office. Each of the family members of the 14 people, who died in poll violence, will get Rs 2 lakh.

The body of a presiding officer was found in the worst possible condition in North Dinajpur. Rajkumar Roy, a government school teacher at Rahatpur High Madrasa, was a presiding officer of an election booth in Raiganj’s Itahar.

A 42-year-old father of two, Roy went missing from the polling booth soon after. A day later, his body, mutilated beyond recognition, was found lying on the railway tracks near Sonadangi, North Dinajpur.

Rajkumar Roy’s wife, Arpita Barman Roy, lodged a police complaint alleging that her husband was “kidnapped from the polling booth” at Sonapur Basic School, where he was on election duty.