Malda, Apr 11 UNI | 4 months ago

West Bengal police arrested seven suspects, including a relative of a state minister, accused of assaulting three Election Commission officials at Manikchak on Thursday after the EC directed state Director General of Police GMP Reddy to file a comprehensive report by 1700 hrs today.

The arrested include Somdip Sarkar alias Tinku, the son-in-law of Women and Child Welfare minister Sabitri Mitra, Jamir Khan, Mukuleswar Rahman and Motiur Rahman-- all ruling Trinamool Congress local leaders and activists.

Police said Tinku Sarkar and Jamir Khan were rounded up from Rabindra Avenue in English Bazar, two hours after Mukuleswar and and Motiur were arrested earlier today. With these altogether seven have been arrested so far, though four were named in the FIR.

Police said the arrests were made after scrutinizing the video footage.

The EC had asked the DGP to file a comprehensive report by 1700 hours.

However, the state election office in Kolkata said the report would directly be sent to New Delhi. " Once the EC informs us, we will let you know," the state election office told reporters today.

The EC ordered the DGP to apprehend all those involved in the attack on EC officials yesterday who were engaged in poll duty in Malda's Manikchak area.

The EC also demanded details of the motor bike rally and ordered to arrest those who led the procession.

It was alleged that the Trinamool Congress workers assaulted the EC officials in front of state Women and Child Welfare Minister Sabitri Mitra and Malda south candidate of TMC Mouzzen Hossen.

The attack took place when a bike rally organised by the TMC at Manikchak was prevented by three EC officers, who were later manhandled. The state win go to polls on April 24

(Posted on 11-04-2014)