Kolkata: The Election Commission of India on Tuesday removed Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeeb Kumar for his alleged bias towards the ruling Trinamool Congresss. All opposition parties including BJP, Congress and CPI(M) had demanded immediate removal of the police commissioner. This is the first time the city police chief has been removed by the Election Commission even as the election process is under way. Rajeeb Kumar was appointed as Kolkata police commissioner in January this year. He will be replaced by Soumen Mitra, an additional director general of police. The Election Commission said that the police commissioner has been removed in the interest of free and fair elections.
Rajeev Kumar is known for his proximity to chief minister Mamata Banerjee. The political observers felt that the removal of the city police commissioner would create an impact on the ruling party. Sujan Chakraborty, a prominent CPI(M) leader said that they welcome the decision of the Election Commission. He alleged that Rajeev Kumar when he was the police commissioner of Bidhannagar police commissionarate was allegedly involved in misplacing many important document of the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam. It is learnt that the Election Commission had taken the decision to remove Rajeev Kumar in last month. But the decision was kept on hold for the Vivekananda Flyover collapse and IPL matches. The Election Commission had already removed a district magistrate and some superintendent of police of West Bengal on similar grounds. — Our Correspondent