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2024 elections: Congress demands removal of Uttarakhand DGP citing his ‘closeness to ruling party’

The Uttarakhand Congress has requested the Election Commission to remove the police chief in the state, Abhinav Kumar, from his post, alleging that his “closeness to the ruling party is well known.”

This came days after the Election Commission directed the home secretaries in six states, including Uttarakhand, to be transferred ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

“I would like to inform you [the Election Commission] that the present DGP of Uttarakhand state, Abhinav Kumar, before becoming the DGP, had been posted as Principal Secretary to the present Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and his closeness to the ruling party is well known,” read the letter to the poll panel by Congress’ Uttarakhand chief Karan Mahara.

The Congress leader highlighted the Uttarakhand Police’s investigation in the Ankita Bhandari murder case, in which the son of a BJP leader is the main accused person.

“The investigation of Ankita Bhandari’s heinous murder case is still going on but the statement of the current DGP regarding the investigation, in which he has been found defending the government like the spokesperson of the ruling party, is against the dignity of his current post,” Mahara added.

On March 16, the Election Commission announced that the 2024 Lok Sabha elections will be held in seven phases from April 19 to June 1. The results will be announced on June 4.

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