Kolkata, 15 July : Mr Justice Sanjib Banerjee of Calcutta High Court today directed the police authorities to take all steps to stop motor cycle gangs from moving around till the end of the ongoing panchayat elections.
The court took note that neither the state chief secretary nor the additional chief secretary (home) had informed the state election commission of the steps taken to stop the movement of such squads during the rural polls.
It directed the state government to give to the SEC details of deployment of security personnel in the 329 blocks of the state during the rural poll when the latter seeks it. The matter would come up for hearing on 17 July.
Earlier, advocate general Bimal Chatterjee submitted before the court that owing to a communication gap, either the chief secretary, Mr Sanjay Mitra, or the additional chief secretary (home) Mr Basudeb Banerjee, couldn’t write to the commission.
“I thought a detailed account of the communication of the first part of the order about deployment of security personnel should have been given to the commission. Let both the state government and the commission discuss and coordinate,” the court said.
State transport minister Madan Mitra asked: “Is the SEC in favour of palanquin bahini instead of bike bahini” ?
Earlier panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee had stated the motor bikes would “be seen” and the court order would be in force. sns