Kohima, March 15 (NEx): The Election Commission of India (ECI) ordered the removal and suspension of Director Security, Vivek Sahay, IPS, over the Nandigram incident leading to injury to Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee on March 10th, 2021.
The ECI on Sunday, discussed on the reports submitted by Chief Secretary, Government of West Bengal and the joint report submitted by Special General Observer Ajay Nayak & Special Police Observer Vivek Dube on the Incident at Nandigram.
After evaluating the reports and other inputs of the facts and circumstances of the incident, the Commission decided to remove Vivek Sahay IPS, Director Security 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, a PIB report said.
Further, the Commission authorised the Chief Secretary, in consultation with DGP, to post suitable Director Security immediately following the extant procedure and urged that the Posting order be communicated to the Commission latest by 13:00 hours on March 15th, 2021.
The ECI also decided that a Committee of Chief Secretary and DGP shall identify within next three days the other proximate security personnel below Director Security, who failed in their duties to prevent the incident and protect the Z+ protectee VVIP and take suitable action for their failure under intimation to the Commission by 17:00 hours on March 17th, 2021.
It also entrusted the Chief Secretary to ensure that the investigation of Nandigram PS Case number 97/21 dated 11-03-2021 is completed and consequential action is taken as per law in next 15 days and that the report in this regard shall be sent to the Commission by March 31st, 2021.
Also, the Election Commission of India appointed Former DGP Intelligence Punjab, Anil Kumar Sharma (Retd. IPS 1984 Punjab Cadre) as Special Police Observer for the General Elections to Legislative Assembly of West Bengal, alongwith Vivek Dube, to observe the conduct of elections in West Bengal.
(With inputs from PIB)