New Delhi, Feb 19 : The CPI(M) today said its charges that the election code was violated by the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal and of law and order in the state have been by the .
"It officially establishes our assessment that the law and order situation in the state has been severely damaged," the CPI(M) said as it released a letter of the EC to it.
"Notwithstanding our factual submissions, several leaders of Trinamool Congress have been making claims to the contrary. Therefore, this is now clear and admitted by the state government itself," it said.
The EC letter was a reply to the party's complaint over West Bengal government's decision to transfer the police officers after the process for by-elections to three assembly seats had been set in motion and the model code of conduct enforced. The by-polls are scheduled on February 23.
The EC's letter to senior CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, sent yesterday, said "The government of West Bengal has written to the Commission that there was a sudden incident in Kolkata city on February 12, leading to the death of sub- inspector of police and the subsequent deterioration of the law and order in a communally sensitive area of the city."
The EC said the state government had accepted the decision of the West Bengal Police Establishment Board to appoint Surajit Kar Purkayastha as Commissioner of Police, Kolkata, and Soumen Mitra as Inspector General of Police, Law and Order and issued the transfer orders.
"Government of West Bengal has further written that there was no intention to bypass the Election Commission of India and has accepted that it was the lapse on their part," the EC letter said. The EC said it considered this matter and gave "ex-post facto approval to these transfers in view of the fact that these transfers were carried out due to the of the serious law and order incident".
Purakayastha had replaced then police chief Ranjit Kumar Pachnanda for his alleged failure to apprehend criminals who shot dead a police in broad daylight during a clash between students belonging to ruling Trinamool Congress and Congress Reach area of Kolkata on February 12.