Kolkata: Fearing violence, the Election Commission of India restricted the movement of Trinamool Congress leader Anubrata Mondal on Tuesday. Mondal is the president of the West Bengal’s ruling party’s Birbhum district unit.
The Commission, in order, asked the West Bengal chief electoral officer to put Mondal under “strict surveillance” of the executive magistrate and the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), starting from 5 pm on April 27 till 7 am on April 30, to ensure free and fair polls.
The poll panel took the decision after getting complaints and feedback from “various sources” ahead of the eighth and final phase of the Assembly elections on Thursday, April 29, when the Birbhum district will go to the polls.
“I am directed to state that in view of the serious complaints and feedback received from various sources and as per the report of the DEO and SP Birbhum, the Commission has directed that Anubrata Mondal, District President of AITC, Birbhum, should be kept under strict surveillance of the Executive Magistrate and CAPF round the clock from 5 am on April 27 to 7 am on April 30 for ensuring free and fair elections, as was done during the Assembly elections in 2016 and the Lok Sabha polls in 2019. Videography to be arranged with date time stamping. The team constituted for this purpose should comprise CAPF personnel under a local magistrate,” the EC said in its order, reported news agency IANS.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that she had asked Mondal to appear before the CBI after the polling gets over.