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Mamata Banerjee writes to Election Commission against the transfer of senior police officers

Didi wrote to Election Commission against the ‘unfortunate, biased, motivated, and highly arbitrary’ decision of transferring senior police officers. These included Police Commissioners of Kolkata and Bidhannagar among the 4 four suspended IPS officers.

“Should there be any deterioration in the law order situation of the state, would the commission take responsibility?” said the letter which wrote to Election Commission. She also asked EC to initiate a probe as to how and under whose guidance this decision was taken.

“I strongly feel that the EC plays a neutral role to save democracy in India. But it is very unfortunate that I have to write this letter today to raise strong protest against the transfer order dated April 5, 2019, issued by the EC by way of removing four senior officers from their existing positions,” Mamata said in her letter.

“The decision of the commission is highly arbitrary, motivated, and biased. We have every reason to believe that the decision of the commission is at the behest of the ruling party at the Center, i.e., BJP,” the letter read.

Banerjee alleged that the EC transfer orders came soon after PM Modi and a BJP candidate alleged in a TV programme that the law and order situation in West Bengal is bad. Thus, she has her reason to believe that the decision taken was to appease BJP.

Anuj Sharma, Kolkata Police Commissioner, was replaced by Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Additional Director General, Pollution Control Board. He was earlier ADG CID. Anuj Sharma was earlier ADG Law & Order, West Bengal Police, when he was appointed Kolkata Police Commissioner on February 19. Natarajan Ramesh Babu, ADG and IGP, Operations, was named the Bidhannagar police commissioner.

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Written by Sugat Srivastava

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