Civic police in West Bengal cannot do any duty in
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NEW DELHI: The Election Commission has directed that individuals from the civic police or inexperienced police or pupil police in West Bengal, apart from not being engaged in any election-related responsibility, shall additionally not be allowed to carry out any responsibility in uniform for 72 hours previous to polling in addition to on polling day and the day after.
In a letter written to the chief electoral officer (CEO) of West Bengal on March 1, the EC acknowledged, “No person from the civic police or green police or student police shall be engaged in any election-related duty. Further they shall not be allowed to perform any duty in uniform P-3 days till P+1 day”. ‘P’ right here stands for polling day. This successfully signifies that the curbs will likely be in place for five consecutive days.
The letter requested the CEO to tell all of the involved stakeholders together with candidates, political events for compliance and data.
EC sources stated barring the civic police or inexperienced police or pupil police from any responsibility in uniform simply previous to polling, on polling day and the day after was meant to make sure that any pointless confusion or concern within the thoughts of voters was not created.
Civic police or inexperienced police or pupil police are made up of civic volunteers who’re deployed in help to the state police. Members of the civic police should not have any authorized police powers like arrest and search and merely help the state police in upkeep of order and site visitors management.
Some opposition events in West Bengal had approached the EC searching for restraint on the involvement of civic/inexperienced/pupil police in election-related duties as they have been seen as recognized with the ruling social gathering. EC had accepted this suggestion.
Now, going a step additional, EC has additionally requested them to not carry out any responsibility in uniform for a interval of 5 days ranging from 72 hours earlier than polling day and ending 24 hours after polling day.

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