CPIM in spot as DGP to probe postal vote row

CPIM in spot as DGP to probe postal vote row


Director General of Police Loknath Behera has announced stern action in the controversial bogus voting with regard to postal ballot of police personnel.

For the CPIM which has been at the receiving end on the bogus voting issue in Kannur district, has landed in further trouble over its police association playing foul with postal ballots of its members.

In what is seen as a classic case of the age-old adage of the fence itself eating the crop, Behera said in a statement on Thursday that strict action would be taken against those involved in the bogus voting immediately.

Chief Electoral officer Teeka Ram Meena recommended action against police commando Vaisakh. He is said to have sent message on WhatsApp regarding postal ballot. The association is said to have used force to collect postal ballots of policemen on duty and involved in bogus voting.

The DGP's statement said, “Prima facie, we found the involvement of Kerala Police Association in the incident. The Chief Electoral Officer directed to carry out a detailed probe and file a report regarding it," said DGP.

Action would be taken against four other officials too, the statement said. Meena directed to file a detailed probe report by May 15. On Wednesday, Meena accepted Behera's preliminary report on the postal ballot issue, but wanted Behera to conduct a more detailed investigation which he would also have to look at the larger role of the association in the foul play.