NEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Tuesday placed Birbhum district president of Trinamool Congress, Anubrata Mondal, on round-the-clock surveillance till April 30 evening in view of serious complaints and feedback received against him from various sources including the district administration.
This is the third straight election in which Mondal is being subjected to strict surveillance by the local magistrate. Similar action was taken in 2016 assembly poll in West Bengal as well as 2019 Lok Sabha election.
EC said that based on serious complaints by various persons and report of the Birbhum district magistrate and SP, it was directing that Mondal should be kept under strict surveillance of executive magistrate and the Central armed police forces (CAPF) round the clock from 5 pm of April 27 to 7 pm April 30 “for ensuring free and fair elections”. It also ordered videography to be arranged with date/time stamping. “The team constituted for this purpose should be comprised of CAPF personnel under a local magistrate,” EC said while asking the West Bengal chief electoral officer to ensure compliance and confirm the actions taken.