EC takes action against senior cops over Mamata's security breach

IAS officer Smita Pandey will be posted as DM and DEO, Purba Medinipur and will replace Vibhu Goel.

The Election Commission of India on Sunday suspended two senior police officers for "security lapses" that led to an alleged attack which left the Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee injured in Nandigram.


"Vivek Sahay, IPS, shall be removed from the post of the Director Security and be placed under suspension immediately. The charges must be framed against him within a week for grossly failing in discharge of his primary duty as Director Security to protect the Z+ protectee," the poll panel said in a statement.


The poll body also ordered the suspension of Purba Medinipur SP Pravin Prakash and asserted that "charges shall be framed against him for major failure of bandobast". It said that IPS officer Sunil Kumar Yadav will replace Prakash as Purba Medinipur SP.


"West Bengal chief secretary shall ensure that the investigation of Nandigram incident is completed and consequential action is taken as per law in next 15 days," EC said. It further said that IAS officer Smita Pandey will be posted as DM and DEO, Purba Medinipur and will replace Vibhu Goel, who will be transferred to a non-election post.


Earlier today, EC ruled out that there was any attack on Mamata that led to her injuries during her election campaign in Nandigram.

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