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WB: Officer removed for violating poll code

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Updated: April 18, 2011, 4:09 PM IST
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WB: Officer removed for violating poll code
The officer was removed following a complaint of the Trinamool Congress that he had contacted a CPM leader.

Kolkata: A presiding officer of a polling station in West Bengal's South Dinajpur district was removed on Monday following a complaint of the Trinamool Congress that he had contacted a Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) leader.

"The presiding officer - Dhiman Sarkar of polling booth (66A) in Harirampur constituency - was removed after a Trinamool agent complained that he had used another mobile phone and talked with a CPM leader. After investigation, the allegation was found to be true," said South Dinajpur district election officer (district magistrate) Ashok Kumar Banerjee.

"Dhiman was replaced by Pritam Das, who was kept in reserve. So far, the poll process in that booth is going on smoothly," Banerjee told IANS over the phone.

CPM leader and Animal Resource Development Minister Narayan Biswas is contesting against Trinamool nominee Biplab Mitra from Harirampur constituency.

The first round of West Bengal's six-phase polls began on Monday in 54 constituencies in six districts.

First Published: April 18, 2011, 4:09 PM IST
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