Kolkata: The six-member Election Commission
team, now here to assess law and order in West Bengal before
finalising dates for the Assembly election, today held a video
conference with 10 district magistrates and superintendents of
All the districts are in south Bengal.
One of the observers when asked about what transpired at
the three-hour video conference just said the team was here to
assess the law and order situation.
"We are not supposed to say anything to the press," he
The team is headed by the Chief Electoral Officer of
Bihar, Sudhir Kumar Rakesh. The other members are Zaki Ahmed
(DIG, National Crime Record Bureau), P R K Naidu (DIG,
National Crime Record Bureau) and D K Pandey (ADG, Jharkhand),
V S Reddy (DIG, Andhra Pradesh) and P S Rampassi (DIG,
Later, the team visited the nearby Hooghly district and
held a meeting with the district administrative officials.
Hooghly district has for the last four years been in the
eye of a political storm ever since the Tatas pulled out their
small car factory from Singur at the height of an agitation
against land acquisition led by Trinamool Congress in 2008.
Political clashes have been frequently reported in the
district, especially at places like Khanakul, Arambagh,
Pursura, Goghat, Gangipara, Haripal and Tarakeshwar.