West Bengal: Election Commission Official Goes Missing In Nadia District
Arnab Roy was in charge of EVMs and VVPATs in Ranaghat parliamentary constituency.
A nodal officer of the Election Commission, Arnab Roy, is missing from Nadia district, West Bengal from April 18, Thursday. The official was in charge of EVMs (electronic voting machines) and VVPATs (Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail) in Ranaghat parliamentary constituency.
As per the report registered by his family, the 35-year-old official was last seen at B.PC. Polytechnic College in Krishnanagar around 2 pm on Thursday. Police sources confirmed that Roy’s call records and last location are being traced, but they don’t have any information yet.
Roy’s wife Anisha Jash wrote a post on Facebook underlining that he was missing since 12.30 pm on Thursday while on duty. She further mentioned that he was not suffering from depression and requested the media to not spread rumour. “I do not want anything except my husband right now and I shall go to the last extent to find him,” she wrote.
In a statement, the CPI (M) said that the suspicion that Roy fell victim to a larger conspiracy cannot be dispelled. The Left party added that questions have cropped up in the mind of people regarding the incident and there are serious concerns regarding the safety and security of voters, candidates and the poll workers during the elections in the state. The local administration, however, is refusing to link the matter to elections. “As of now, the officer’s disappearance is not related to elections. We have appointed someone else in his place,” special election observer in West Bengal, Ajay Nayak, told NDTV.
Elections in the two parliamentary constituencies of Nadia — Ranaghat and Krishnanagar — are due on April 29, in the fourth phase.