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Transfer of senior cops: Mamata writes to EC

KOLKATA: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday wrote to the Election Commission protesting transfers of 4 IPS officers, together with Kolkata and Bidhannagar police commissioners.

The Election Commission's decision is "unfortunate", highly arbitrary, motivated and "biased" and was once taken at the behest of the BJP, she stated in the letter, content of which was once shared with PTI.

She has requested the ballot panel to check its decision and in addition initiate a probe as to how and beneath whose steerage the decision of the transfers was once 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," Banerjee wrote 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 centre, i.e the BJP," the letter read.

The EC on Friday evening removed Kolkata police commissioner Anuj Sharma and Bidhannagar police commissioner Gyanwant Singh in a significant shake-up in the police status quo of the state.

Dr Rajesh Kumar, additional director common of police (ADG), Pollution Control Board, was once made the brand new Kolkata most sensible cop, whilst Natarajan Ramesh Babu, ADG and IGP, Operations, was once named the brand new Bidhannagar police commissioner.

The ballot body named Avannu Ravindranath, DC (Airport Division) of Bidhannagar, as the brand new superintendent of police (SP) of Birbhum and appointed Srihari Pandey, deputy commissioner of Kolkata Armed Police, third Battalion, as the Diamond Harbour police superintendent.

Banerjee alleged that the EC transfer orders got here soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a BJP candidate stated in a TV programme that legislation and order scenario in West Bengal is dangerous.

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