Tuesday, August 16, 2022

EC suspends Mamata’s security chief for lapse in Nandigram

Election Commission has suspended the police officer in charge of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s security, for the lapse in her injury in Nandigram, just weeks before the elections. 

“Vivek Sahay IPS, Director Security 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 Election Commission said, soon after declaring that the incident was an accident and not an attack. 

Incidentally, Vivek Sahay is the officer against whom BJP had complained about to EC for his overt promotion of Trinamool Congress’ cause. 

The election body also directed the West Bengal Chief Secretary to find out within three days other officers in charge of the Chief Minister’s security who faulted in their duties and take action against them.

The Commission, which held a meeting to discuss the issue after receiving a report on Friday, pointed out lapses on part of the Chief Minister’s security personnel.

Security was “not properly handled” and the Chief Minister’s security protocol was violated, the Commission said.

Mamata Banerjee, who has Z-Plus security, has to travel in a bullet-proof car, but she was not. Instead, the security in-charge was sitting in the bullet-proof car, the Commission said.


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