EC removes Kolkata Police Commissioner, 3 other top cops in Bengal ahead of Lok Sabha Polls
The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Friday removed Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma and appointed Rajesh Kumar, ADG, Pollution Control Board, as the new police chief of the city. The poll panel wrote to Chief Secretary West Bengal regarding the transfer and the posting of few officers in the state in view of the election preparedness. The panel also removed Bidhannagar Police Commissioner Gyanwnat Singh with immediate effect.
The poll body named Natarajan Ramesh Babu, ADG and IGP, Operations, as the Bidhannagar police commissioner, the EC letter said.
It also named Avannu Ravindranath, DC (Airport Division) of Bidhannagar, as the new superintendent of police of Birbhum and appointed Srihari Pandey, DC KAP, 3rd Battalion as the superintendent of police of Diamond Harbour.
The direction of the commission was to be implemented with immediate effect and a compliance report in respect to the joining of the transferred officers was needed to be sent within the next 24 hours.
The EC, in its letter to the chief secretary, also directed that the present incumbent officers being shifted should not be involved by the state government in any election-related duty.