The full bench of the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Thursday requested West Bengal Police to execute all pending non-bailable warrants (NBWs) inside this month and to comprise violence earlier than the announcement of meeting ballot dates, an official of the Chief Electoral Officers workplace stated on Thursday.
Eyeing to conduct the approaching meeting polls in West Bengal peacefully, the ECI can be mulling the choice of deploying round 25 per cent more security personnel than that utilized in holding the 2019 Lok Sabha election, he stated.
The full bench of the ECI, which is at present within the state to evaluation preparedness for the meeting polls due in April-May, held a gathering with the nodal officer of the state police, ADG (Law and Order) Gyanwant Singh, and expressed discontent with the execution of NBWs in addition to the regulation and order scenario.
“The full bench said that it is not at all satisfied with the law and order situation in the state as well as the execution of the NBWs. The ECI asked Singh to follow its directives effectively,” he stated.
Singh knowledgeable Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, Election Commissioners Sushil Chandra and Rajeev Kumar that the COVID-19 pandemic and the devastation attributable to cyclone Amphan created hindrances in correct execution of NBWs.
However, the police executed practically 12,000 of the pending 50,000 NBWs within the final 4 days.
“The Commission wanted it to be complete by the end of this month. The ECI also wanted Singh to contain the scale of violence before the announcement of the dates for the elections,” the official stated.
At the assembly, the IPS officer offered an inventory of criminals who can create bother even from inside correctional houses.
The full bench of the ECI can be pondering of deploying personnel of the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) on an enormous scale, he stated.
“The number of polling booths has jumped from 77,247 to 1,01,733. There are indications that the Commission is thinking to deploy approximately 25 per cent more security personnel compared to what was used in the last Lok Sabha elections. This is also to ensure peaceful polling,” he stated.
The ECI held detailed discussions with senior officers of paramilitary forces such because the BSF and the CRPF on the supply of personnel within the state in the course of the polls.
The ECI full bench additionally met district magistrates and superintendents of police and requested them to establish those that had created disturbances in the course of the Lok Sabha elections in 2019 and put them behind the bars, he stated.
The Commission additionally directed them to preserve air ambulances and helicopters prepared in distant areas to handle emergency instances in the course of the pandemic.
On Friday, the ECI is scheduled to meet Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay, Home Secretary HK Dwivedi, DGP Virendra and different senior officers.