Kolkata: The Election Commission of India (EC) removed Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma and his counterpart in the Bidhannagar Commissionerate Gyanwant Singh.
The EC order, which came in the form of a missive to state Chief Secretary Malay De, said Rajesh Kumar would take over as the new Kolkata Police Commissioner.
N. Ramesh Babu would replace Gyanwant Singh.
The EC also removed two Superintendents of Police — Shyam Singh of Birbhum and P.S. Selvamurugan of Diamond Harbour police district.
Avanyu Rabindranath would be the new Birbhum police superintendent while Srihari Pande takes over as the Diamond Harbour police superintendent.
The EC has directed that the orders be implemented with immediate effect and a compliance report be sent within 24 hours.
“The present incumbent officers being shifted not to be involved by the state government in any election-related duties,” the letter said.
This is first time that the EC has cracked down on any IPS officer in West Bengal since the announcement of polls last month.
The state opposition parties have been regularly complaining about “the partisan” role of a section of the IPS and administrative officers in the state.
3 militants killed in Anantnag gunfight
SRINAGAR: Three militants were killed on Wednesday in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district, officials said.
The encounter broke out at Pazalpora area in Anantnag on a specific intelligence provided by the district police.
Free of Cost calling facilities: Govt to set-up 50 PCOs in each district soon: Div Com
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 15: In order to provide free of cost calling facilities to the general public, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan today said that government will set-up 50 Public Call Offices (PCOs) in each district of Kashmir Division soon.
He further said that locations and other modalities have been finalized. List and other details have provided to the Bharat Sanchar Nigham Limited (BSNL) authorities and the work will start shortly.
General Public will avail calling facilities in these PCOs free of cost.
Women activists including sister,daughter of Farooq arrested during protest
The police on Tuesday arrested half a dozen women activists including the sister and daughter of former chief minister Farooq Abdullah during a march to protest against abrogation of provisions of Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories, officials said.
Abdullah’s sister Suraiya and his daughter Safiya, who were leading a group of women activists, were first detained and later arrested by the police.
Wearing black arm bands and holding placards, the women protestors were not allowed by the police personnel to assemble and were asked to disperse peacefully.
However, the protestors refused to disperse and tried to stage a sit-in.
The women CRPF personnel rounded the protestors into police vehicles.
Earlier, the police also tried to stop the protesting women from distributing a statement to the the media covering the protest.
“We the women of Kashmir disapprove the unilateral decision taken by the government of India to revoke Article 370, 35A and downgrade and split the state of Jammu and Kashmir,” the statement said.
Demanding restoration of civil liberties and fundamental rights of the citizens, the women said they feel “betrayed, humiliated and violated as people”.
They also demanded immediate release of detainees and demilitarization of rural and urban areas.
“We express our outrage against the national media for their false/misleading coverage of ground realities in Kashmir,” the statement added.