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EC approves replacement of the best policeman in West Bengal | India News

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NEW DELHI: Carrying out a major change in the senior West Bengal police command following the announcement of the assembly votes, the Election Commission on Saturday approved the replacement of ADG & IGP (Law & Order) and Nodal Police Officer Jawed Shamim for Jag Mohan, serving as DG (firefighters) in the state, “with immediate effect in the interest of the public service.”
According to sources, the decision to appoint Jag Mohan, an ADG rank IPS officer, as ADG & IGP (law and order) and state nodal police officer was made based on the unanimous recommendation of three special observers sent by the CE in West Bengal. – Special Observer General Ajay Nayak and Special Police Observers Vivek Dubey and Mrinal Kanti Das. Special observers, along with senior voting panel officials, agreed that Shamim was unfit for the crucial position of Nodal State Police Officer.
The nodal state police officer is critical in drawing up the electoral security and deployment plan for any state that attends the polls, and is part of the three-member EC-led panel to jointly decide on the electoral security plan and ensure allocation random from state police and central paramilitary personnel. Sources said Shamim was appointed a state nodal police officer before the polls were announced, although an EC official said ideally the West Bengal government would have obtained prior approval from the commission despite the code role model had not yet come into effect.
With the model code now officially authorizing the EC to review the transfer and positions of administration and police officials related to the voting process and with special observers unanimously recommending that Jawed Shamim be replaced, the commission decided to elect another ADG-level officer assessed as best suited for the performance of his duties as a nodal state police officer. Consequently, Jag Mohan was approved for appointment as ADG & IGP (Law & Order) and Nodal State Police Officer for the upcoming West Bengal poll.
The EC decision is said to have been based on complaints by BJP and CPM about the alleged lack of impartiality on the part of West Bengal police officers during the 2019 Lok Sabha survey. CPM, in a letter written to the EC on January 21, 2021, it alleged that the central forces deployed to West Bengal in the 2019 general elections “were not properly utilized and stood idle instead of controlling vandalism during the electoral process.”

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