Kolkata: The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Friday later night transferred Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma and Bidhannagar Police Commissioner Gyanwant Singh. Interestingly, both the officers were reportedly present at the ‘dharna’ spot of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee while protesting against the CBI trying to investigate the former Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar. Also Read - West Bengal: Suvendu Adhikari Resigns as State Transport Minister, Cracks Widen In Trinamool Congress
If reports are to be believed, the action has come in the wake of concerns raised by Opposition parties at several occasions over Sharma and Singh being directly involved in the electoral process after they were reportedly seen at the dharna. Also Read - Majerhat Bridge: Kolkata Awaits Lifeline as PWD, Railways Slug it Out
The poll body has posted Dr Rajesh Kumar, presently posted as ADG West Bengal Pollution Control Board, as the new Kolkata Police Commissioner and Natarajan Ramesh Babu, presently posted as ADG & IG Operations, as the new Bidhannagar Police Commissioner. Also Read - Mamata Banerjee Dares BJP To Arrest Her, Says Will Ensure TMC Victory in Polls From Jail Itself
Besides, the EC has also issued the transfer orders of two other officers. Selva Murugan was transferred from the post of SP Diamond Harbour Police district. He has been replaced by Avvaru Ravindranath. On the other hand, Shrihari Pandey was posted as SP Diamond Harbour replacing former SP Shyam Singh.
“The direction of the Commission be implemented with immediate effect and a compliance report in respect of joining of above officers be sent within 24 hours. The present incumbent officers being shifted not to be involved by the state government in any election related duties,” read the notification issued by the Election Commission to Chief Secy West Bengal regarding transfer/posting of few officers in the state in view of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 preparedness.
(Inputs from Pooja Mehta/Zee News)