Bengal police officers briefed on poll duty, responsibilities


Kolkata : With the West Bengal assembly polls barely months away, the state chief electoral officer (CEO) Friday held a meeting with the senior administrative and police officers on the arrangements and the level of preparedness to ensure peaceful, free and fair elections in the poll bound state.

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CEO Sunil Gupta, in presence of state Chief Secretary Samar Ghosh and Home Secretary Gyan Dutta Goutama in a meeting here, briefed the senior police officers about the election rules and guidelines and their duties and responsibilities.

“This meeting was held to make the police officers aware about the code of conduct, rules and guidelines laid down by the Election Commission. The senior police officers will now hold meeting with the district level officers and election officials to ensure proper implementation of the norms fixed by the commission,” said Ghosh.

“All the guidelines of the Election Commission will have to be followed strictly” he said.

“We discussed in detail about the latest guidelines,” said Gupta.

A senior police officer who participated in the meeting said they have been asked to recover arms and demolish all unauthorised liquor shops, besides arresting all people against whom warrants have been issued.

Police were also instructed to intensify vigil in bordering areas to prevent illegal entry and exit from the country.

Apart from Director General of Police Naparajit Mukherjee, Additional Director General (CID) Raj Kanojia, Additional Director General (IB) Banibrata Basu, superintendents of police of all districts and all police officers of the ranks of inspector general of police (IGP) and deputy inspector general were present at the meeting.