EC asks to book "suspected intimidators" in North Bengal

The EC directed top civil and police officials of six districts in north Bengal to prepare a list of "suspected intimidators" and arrest them to ensure free and fair elections.

Siliguri: The Election Commission on Monday
directed top civil and police officials of six districts in
north Bengal to prepare a list of "suspected intimidators" and
arrest them to ensure free and fair elections during the first
phase of assembly polls on April 18.

Deputy Chief Election Commissioner Vinod Jutsi said here
that he had asked the District Magistrates and the
Superintendents of Police to make lists of "suspected
intimidators" and "those fearing to be intimidated," following
a meeting with them.

Discussions were held with with District Magistrates and
Superintendents of Police of Malda, Dakshin Dinajpur and
Coochbehar, Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri districts during the last
two days, he said.

Police had also been asked to book the "intimidators"
and take all measures to ensure safety to those who were
included in the "those fearing to be intimidated" list.

To a question on the voting rights of over a lakh
Indians residing in the Indo-Bangla border enclaves in
Jalpaiguri and Coochbehar districts, he said, "I`ll talk to
the respective District Magistrates and let you know later."

PTI

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