Kolkata, Apr 6 : Ahead of April 11 first phase polling in West Bengal, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has removed four IPS officers, including Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma and neighbouring Bidhan Nagar police chief Gyanwant Singh.
Dr Rajesh Kumar, currently posted as ADG, of West Pollution Control Board, will take the charge of prestigious city Police Commissioner.
Anuj Sharma, the 1991 IPS batch officer, was appointed as Kolkata Police Commissioner only two months ago after his predecessor Rajeev Kumar's tenure as the city police chief ended.
The ECI has also directed West Bengal Chief Secretary to transfer the Commissioner of Bidhannagar city police chief Gyanwant Singh.
In place of Gyanwant Singh, IPS N Ramesh Babu, currently posted as ADG & IGP (Operations), will take the post of the Bidhannagar City Police with immediate effect.
Bidhan Nagar has a huge jurisdiction, including posh Salt Lake and Newtown areas in the north eastern fringes of the city.
The EC has also removed the Police Superintendents of two districts Birbhum and Diamond Harbour.
Diamond Harbour SP S Selvamurugan has been removed and in his place A Rabindranath will take charge of the Diamond Harbour in South 24 Parganas. IPS A Rabindrqnath is currently posted as DCP (Airport division).
For Birbhum district SP Shyam Singh has also been removed by the ECI order and Shrihari Pandey (DCP - Kolkata Armed Police ) has been asked to take charge at the earliest.
“ The present incumbent officers being shifted will not be involved by the State Government in any election-related duty, ” the ECI letter said.
Almost of the Opposition parties - BJP, Congress and Left - have been demanding removal of several civil and police officials, allegedly accused of taking side the ruling TMC. (UNI)