Poll panel shunts four police officials from Bellary district

March 25th, 2009 - 9:00 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party Bangalore, March 25 (IANS) The state election commission Wednesday transferred four police officers from Bellary to ensure free and fair elections in the volatile northern district of Karnataka, a senior police official confirmed.
The four officers are Bellary Additional Superintendent of Police Ashok Kurer, Kudligi Deputy Superintendent of Police H.Y. Turai, Sandur Circle Inspector Y. Ramakant and Bellary Circle Inspector at Cole Bazaar police station B. Vidhyadhar.

“We have received the transfer order from the Director General of Police Ajay Kumar Singh on the recommendation of the state election commission. Four new officers have been posted but they are yet to assume charge,” Bellary Superintendent of Police S.K. Singh told IANS.

Bellary Deputy Commissioner B. Shivappa said the police officers were transferred after the opposition parties lodged complaints against them for arresting some people not concerned with criminal cases.

“The arrests were made last month by the police officers on the direction of the authorities. There were also other complaints against them from the opposition parties,” Shivappa added.

At a meeting with Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami here Tuesday, the Congress and the Janata Dal-Secular complained of model code of conduct being violated in the district by the state officials, including police, and interference by two state cabinet ministers - B. Janaradhan Reddy and B. Karunakara Reddy of the Bharatiya Janata Party government in the state.

The Reddy brothers hail from the rich mining belt of Bellary region.

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