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AGARTALA, April 30 - In a major development, two micro observers and three presiding officers of the West Tripura Lok Sabha constituency were suspended for �wilful insubordination and dereliction of duty� on April 11 when polling was held in that seat.

The Returning Officer (RO) of the West Tripura seat has served suspension notices to the poll officials, who were found at fault on the day of election.

The five suspended officials are micro observers Professor Sangram Sinha and Bhusan Chandra Das, and presiding officers Promode Chandra Das, Gautam Debnath and Giridhari Das.

Professor Sangram Sinha of Tripura Central University (TCU) who was deployed as micro-observer in Debipur Panchayat office under Kamalasagar Assembly constituency and micro-observer Bhusan Chandra Das, who was appointed as micro-observer of the Brajapur High School were suspended for negligence of their duties.

Official sources said that the Election Commission has taken action on the basis of written and video records furnished by the state election department. More such actions are likely to follow.

An AICC delegation met the full-bench of Election Commission in Delhi on Sunday and demanded fresh poll in West Tripura Lok Sabha constituency for the sake of democracy.

�The Congress delegation briefed him (EC) about the development in the Tripura Lok Sabha seat. In reply, the poll panel said it would take a decision for the Lok Sabha seat very shortly�, PCC vice president Pijush Biswas, who was part of the delegation, said over telephone from Delhi on Sunday night.

The CPI(M) has also lodged a complaint in this regard. On the other hand, the ruling BJP on Monday said it would welcome whatever election commission takes a decision on West Tripura Lok Sabha constituency.

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Five poll officials suspended in Tripura

AGARTALA, April 30 - In a major development, two micro observers and three presiding officers of the West Tripura Lok Sabha constituency were suspended for �wilful insubordination and dereliction of duty� on April 11 when polling was held in that seat.

The Returning Officer (RO) of the West Tripura seat has served suspension notices to the poll officials, who were found at fault on the day of election.

The five suspended officials are micro observers Professor Sangram Sinha and Bhusan Chandra Das, and presiding officers Promode Chandra Das, Gautam Debnath and Giridhari Das.

Professor Sangram Sinha of Tripura Central University (TCU) who was deployed as micro-observer in Debipur Panchayat office under Kamalasagar Assembly constituency and micro-observer Bhusan Chandra Das, who was appointed as micro-observer of the Brajapur High School were suspended for negligence of their duties.

Official sources said that the Election Commission has taken action on the basis of written and video records furnished by the state election department. More such actions are likely to follow.

An AICC delegation met the full-bench of Election Commission in Delhi on Sunday and demanded fresh poll in West Tripura Lok Sabha constituency for the sake of democracy.

�The Congress delegation briefed him (EC) about the development in the Tripura Lok Sabha seat. In reply, the poll panel said it would take a decision for the Lok Sabha seat very shortly�, PCC vice president Pijush Biswas, who was part of the delegation, said over telephone from Delhi on Sunday night.

The CPI(M) has also lodged a complaint in this regard. On the other hand, the ruling BJP on Monday said it would welcome whatever election commission takes a decision on West Tripura Lok Sabha constituency.