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Fake voter ids seized in Bengal under scanner

Posted on Apr 14 2014 | IANS

Kolkata, April 14 : The Election Commission Monday said the district election officer of West Bengal's Coochbehar district is "thoroughly investigating" the seizure of fake voter identity cards in the area.

"We have received a complaint regarding fake voter ids. We are keeping a strict vigil so that such incidents do not happen in the future," assistant chief electoral officer Amitjyoti Bhattacharya told reporters here.

"The guilty will be punished according to law," he said.

Meanwhile, the Communist Party of India-Marxist has lodged a complaint with the Commission against the state Chief Secretary Sanjay Mitra in connnection with the state government order of reinstating the eight officers who were removed from poll duty to their original posts after the election process gets over.

"The complaint will be sent to the Commission in Delhi," said Bhattacharya.

The Election Commission last week ordered transfer of eight officials including five district police chiefs and one district magistrate from their posts.

Initially against executing the order, state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee later relented. However, she termed the order "political vendetta", and said the officers will be reinstated after the polls.

The CPI-M has deemed the reinstatement as violation of the Model Code of Conduct.

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