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By A Newsman

Kolkata, 17 April: THE election authorities have slapped two FIRs against Trinamool Birbhum strongman Anubrata Mondal who is currently under the watch of an Election Commission (EC) appointed team over repeatedly threatening the Opposition party workers.

The FIRs have been lodged by the returning officer of Bolpur Assembly segment in Birbhum.

This apart, the Bengal chief electoral officer (CEO) in Kolkata has sought a probe report from the Birbhum district election officer (DEO) about an incident today wherein BJP Mayureswar Assembly segment candidate Locket Chatterjee threatened the presiding officer inside a polling booth today for not deterring the alleged false voting by Trinamool workers.

Sources in the CEO office said that Chatterjee was likely to face an FIR if the allegation gets established as this amounts to intimidating an on-duty public servant.

The first FIR lodged against Mondal pertains to his yesterday’s tour of several Assembly segments outside his place of residence in violation of the Election Commission (EC) rule that bars presence of on-voters in any poll-bound constituency from 48-hours before the end of voting.

Moreover, when a deputy magistrate who was heading the EC team monitoring Mondal asked him to return to his home constituency, the Trinamool strongman defied the directive.

Thus, the first FIR has been filed under the Indian Penal Code section 188 that deals with disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant. The section carries a maximum punishment of six months jail or Rs 1,000 fine, or both.

Mondal invited the second FIR by casting his vote at a polling booth in Bolpur this morning wearing the Trinamool symbol on his kurta. By doing so he violated the EC rule that prohibit canvassing or exhibiting any notice or sign relating to the election within the polling station premises on the day of election.

This FIR has been lodged under section 126 (1) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, and carries a maximum punishment of two years or fine, or both.

The sections invoked in the two FIRs are bailable and hence Mondal does not face an immediate risk of spending time behind the bars.

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