Poll panel transfers three police offiers after Sonkar’s death

April 21st, 2009 - 12:24 am ICT by IANS  

Bahujan Samaj Party New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) Acting on a probe report on the death of Indian Justice Party candidate Bahadur Sonkar in suspicious circumstances last week, the Election Commission Monday ordered transfer of three officers of Uttar Pradesh’s Jaunpur district.
Sonkar’s body was found hanging from a tree on April 13 and Uttar Pradesh officials termed it a “suicide”.

“After going through the report of two IAS (officers) deputed by the Election Commission to visit Jaunpur, the commission orders immediate transfer of Ramkishore, Additional Superintendent of Police (city), Dipender Nath Chaudhary, Circle Officer, and Sanjay Kumar Rai, SHO Jaunpur,” said an official statement of the poll panel.

“Election will be held in Jaunpur (Lok Sabha constituency of Uttar Pradesh) as scheduled,” the statement added.

The Election Commission Sunday evening received the report on the death of Sonkar.

Sonkar’s brother Barhu Ram Sonkar had accused the state government of going all out to put a smokescreen over the alleged involvement of a Bahujan Samaj Party candidate in the murder.

It was a complaint by the victim’s brother to the Election Commission that led the poll panel to send two senior IAS officers to personally verify the situation and submit a report.

The wholesale vegetable seller was allegedly receiving threats from a police officer to withdraw his candidature in favour of the BSP nominee. Having worked hard to build a goodwill and establish rapport with a section of the electorate, Sonkar refused to be cowed down by the threats.

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