New Delhi: The West Bengal State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (WBCPCR) has ordered the arrest of Nilanjan Roy, a BJP candidate from Diamond Harbour, hours after a complaint was filed against him under the POCSO Act.

The WBCPCR took cognizance of the complaint filed wherein Roy has been accused of sexually assaulting a minor girl in South 24 Parganas that falls under the Falta Police Station.

The Commission has directed the Chief Electoral Officer, of West Bengal to take the necessary action as per rules within 24 hours and has also directed the police to arrest the accused immediately under the POCSO Act, 2012.

Meanwhile, the Centre has decided to step up security in West Bengal for the eight seats going to polls in the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections on Sunday with 602 companies of Central Armed Police Forces (the CRPF, BSF, CISF, SSB, ITBP, RPF, RAF) besides that of state armed police being deployed for election duties.

Home Ministry sources said that the additional forces are being deployed as the Junglemahal, which covers three Lok Sabha seats of Purulia, Bankura and Jhargram, is Maoist-affected and there have been incidents of violence on the eve of polls as also on the polling day.

 

With IANS inputs