Authorities of several districts in West Bengal, have been asked to ensure "strict vigil over ferrying of illegal arms and ammunition" and seizure of illegal weapons days before six-phase assembly polls begins , an Election Commission official said in Kolkata.
Panel sought reports from seven districts, following a media report in March and subsequent complaints received from the Bharatiya Janata Party, said additional chief electoral officer Dibyendu Sarkar.
"District Election Officers (district magistrates) of seven districts -- Purulia, Bankura, West Midnapore, Nadia, Malda, Murshidabad and Birbhum -- have submitted the reports. They were asked to report on preventive action taken to ensure strict vigil on illegal entry of arms and on sezure of illegal weapons," Sarkar said.
Listing out the significant actions taken so far, Sarkar said that in all the districts, a number of arms, ammunition and explosives have been seized.
"In all the districts, massive confidence building measures have been taken to address the issues in the vulnerable hamlets identified. The efforts taken by the districts are seen as proactive steps to gain confidence of the voters for a free, fair and participative election," he said.
As many as 166 candidates have passed scrutiny for 31 seats in West Midnapore, Bankura and Burdwan, Sarkar said.