CEO seeks list of trouble-mongers, preventive arrests from Bengal

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Paramilitary forces arrive in West Bengal's Asansol ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls on March 15, 2019. (Photo: IANS)

The office of the Chief Electoral Officer has sought a list of the trouble-mongers and the preventive arrests that have been done till now from the state government.

An instruction in this regard was given to ADG (law and order) Siddh Nath Gupta.

The move comes a day before a high-level team of the Election Commission led by a deputy election commissioner Sudip Jain is set to visit Bengal tomorrow to assess poll preparedness. On the other hand, the CEO has been asked to file a report on the actual ground situation in connection with the law and order situation in the state.


In view of the complaints of the deteriorating law and order situation, the poll panel wants to keep a tab on the miscreants that might create trouble.

Thus a list of these miscreants and the names of those who have already been arrested or the list of preventive arrests have to be submitted to the office of CEO. This will be an important document during tomorrow’s EC team meeting. Jain would hold meetings with District Election Officers, commissioners of police and superintendents of police and other officials in districts as well as meet all political party representatives.

The meeting would be held amidst the Trinamul Congress and BJP’s ongoing tussle over the issue of declaring Bengal a “super sensitive state”. Prior to this meeting, the CEO held a video conference with District Election Officers, commissioners of police and superintendents of police and other officials in districts to discuss poll preparedness. Sanjay Basu, additional chief electoral officer said that the preparations are going on full swing in all the districts.

This apart, for the first time social media expert is being engaged for monitoring social media. A member has been included in the district and state level Media Certificate and Monitoring Committee. This will look into violations of Model Code of Conduct in social media.

“The Election Commission has informed that for the ongoing general elections and assembly constituencies in some states, the job of media monitoring will be done by Electronic Media Monitoring Centre (EMMC). This Centre will monitor all English, Hindi an regional channels on the day of poll and a day prior to poll,” said Basu.

“The vigil over Model Code of Conduct is in operational and 510 complaints were received through C-Vigil. The complaints received from ECI and Citizens at NSG portal are 184 and 232 respectively,” Saha added.